NV Homeowners call Neighborhood Improvement District a “backhanded” HOA

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   In response to reader concerns and curiosity about various special tax districts, IAC will be exploring the pros and cons of public or quasi-public funding and taxing entities. I don’t know why local governments are getting involved in the business of neighborhood beautification. In my opinion, neighborhood beautification is an appropriate role for a voluntary-membership neighborhood or civic association. Local governments should be focusing on important infrastructure projects such Continue ReadingNV Homeowners call Neighborhood Improvement District a “backhanded” HOA

Seattle officials want some condo owners to fund Local Improvement District for new waterfront park

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities In response to reader concerns and curiosity about various special tax districts, IAC will be exploring the pros and cons of shifting costs from private homeowners’ associations (HOAs) to public or quasi-public funding and taxing entities. Who should pay for Seattle’s ambitious new waterfront park improvements? It’s a hot debate for city residents and business owners, especially 2% of property owners located downtown. Those owners have been notified of Continue ReadingSeattle officials want some condo owners to fund Local Improvement District for new waterfront park

Mississippi’s murky attempt at combining HOAs and Community Improvement Districts

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Residents of many planned communities developed 25-50 years ago find that infrastructure, amenities, and streetscapes of their neighborhoods are in need of a facelift, major repair, or wholesale replacement. However, the vast majority of HOAs lack reserve funding to make needed or desired improvements. And local governments are equally cash-strapped, with strong political pressure to avoid raising taxes.  What’s the solution? In response to reader concerns and curiosity Continue ReadingMississippi’s murky attempt at combining HOAs and Community Improvement Districts

Will homeowners support a new special tax district?

River Place HOA supports establishment of Limited District following annexation to the City of Austin By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Austin’s recent annexation of the River Place subdivision has temporarily shifted certain maintenance responsibilities from a Municipal Utility District (MUD) to a Limited Improvement District (LD). In River Place, the HOA and LD serve different functions, as explained here. In short, the LD provides maintenance of recreational areas and facilities and waste removal. Continue ReadingWill homeowners support a new special tax district?