HOA Issue #7: Homeowners need new ways to pay for HOA private roads

Private neighborhood roads across the nation are in desperate need of repair. Residents seek help from local governments.   An infrastructure maintenance crisis is underway in association-governed communities across the U.S. Private subdivision roads are in poor condition. Some are downright unsafe. Decades of fast and cheap road construction saddled thousands of homeowners with narrow, substandard roads, as well as awkward traffic plans that create daily commuting headaches. The following examples illustrate the need for Continue ReadingHOA Issue #7: Homeowners need new ways to pay for HOA private roads

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MO: County will take your private HOA roads off your hands — if they’re not too old and crumbly

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Jefferson County, Missouri, is joining the nationwide de-privatization trend. With regard to the utter failure of private homeowners’ associations to adequately maintain infrastructure, Jason Jonas, Public Works Director for the County, “gets it.” Today’s referenced article is a refreshingly frank discussion of reality. HOA boards are generally clueless when it comes to maintaining private roads and bridges. HOAs rarely save enough money for road repair and resurfacing — Continue ReadingMO: County will take your private HOA roads off your hands — if they’re not too old and crumbly

Homeowners, HOAs battle each other over private road maintenance

  By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Homeowners are beginning to realize that private community roads can be expensive maintenance headaches.   Kirk Ferentz, football coach, University of Iowa, continues a long-running battle with his neighbors, cancelling a settlement agreement announced in February. Ferentz refuses to join a homeowners’ association created by his neighbors (including a real estate developer) to collect $9,500 per property owner, in order to pave a private road serving just Continue ReadingHomeowners, HOAs battle each other over private road maintenance

Pima County government explores options to pay for much-needed road repairs

Frustrated homeowners in HOA, non-HOA neighborhoods consider taxing themselves by establishing Community Improvement Districts (CIDs) By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   How should Pima County, Arizona pay for more than $330 million in deferred road maintenance in its unincorporated areas? The issue is controversial. Roads all over Pima County are in poor condition, and residents are growing impatient waiting for repairs. Decades of development, most of it in unincorporated communities governed by homeowners associations, Continue ReadingPima County government explores options to pay for much-needed road repairs