Outrageous! Why cities insist on an HOA for new development

American-tax-double-HOA

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Ever wonder why all new construction in your city or county is governed by a homeowners’ association? The answer, in two words: double taxation. Most people know that homeowners pay property taxes to support public schools, libraries, local police departments, and maintenance of public infrastructure such as roads. But did you know that, for the past 2 or 3 decades, municipal and county governments actively avoid taking on new pubic Continue ReadingOutrageous! Why cities insist on an HOA for new development

Kansas homeowners deal with defunct HOA and foul smelling ponds

Retention-pond

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities With technical assistance from city officials, homeowners in one Wichita subdivision will share costs to be rid of a foul smell from neighborhood ponds. As reported on KAKE, the unpleasant odor is caused by a combination of stagnant water, organic debris, lawn fertilizer run off, and dying algae blooms. The Dell was developed in the 1950s, and, at one time, had a homeowners association to adjust pond levels and Continue ReadingKansas homeowners deal with defunct HOA and foul smelling ponds

HOA asks City for Thanksgiving street parking ban, homeowners not happy

Cars street parking

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities How would you feel if your city council and police joined forces with your HOA board to create a parking ban on public streets in your neighborhood? Sounds unbelievable, right? But it’s really happening in one Texas association-governed community. NBC Dallas Fort Worth, Channel 5 news reports that the Allen Police Department has worked with City leaders to pass a parking Ordinance, at the request of Star Creek HOA. Continue ReadingHOA asks City for Thanksgiving street parking ban, homeowners not happy

Owners with no HOA, public sewer, face $11,404 tax assessment

Sanitary sewer Sewage cap

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Owners of twenty estate homes in the Greenbrook Manor subdivision, located in the Village of River Hills, recently learned they might have to pay a $11,404 special tax assessment to the city, to pay for a new sewer lift pump. No, Greenbrook Manor is not a planned community, and there’s no homeowners’ association (HOA). Although homeowners obtain their water supply from private wells, the Village of River Hills operates Continue ReadingOwners with no HOA, public sewer, face $11,404 tax assessment