If you don't voice your opinion on the merger with the Golf Club and the Clubhouse expansion project, the pro-expansion CCC Board and Charbonneau Golf Club will continue with the project with the information they've already received.
Questions to consider regarding the Clubhouse expansion project and possible merger with the Golf Club and the survey:
¦ What happens to property values if you have an underfunded project that can't be covered by dues?
¦ Are increased dues going to detract from potential buyers at Charbonneau?
¦ How many people voted in the survey? How many voted yes? How many voted no? How are the numbers going to be used? Were there enough respondents to move ahead with this project? How many residents didn't fill out the survey and how do you reach them?
These are key questions that affect the future for all of us as residents here in Charbonneau!
If you disagree with the expansion of the clubhouse and merger with the Golf Club and don't voice your disapproval, you might end up paying for it anyway, as the expense of the project most likely will be paid for by increased HOA dues.
For information regarding golf communities in today's market, read the articles on this subject on the internet. (Go to Forbes magazine and read the "Homeowners Will Pay the Price for a Backyard Golf Course, One Way or Another" July 12, 2018, or the Wall Street Journal article on Jan. 10, 2019, "Golf-Homeowners Find Themselves in a Hole ... Younger Americans are shunning golf.")
We as a community need accurate numbers before this project is explored
further. Many people in the community don't use the clubhouse or play golf. As attractive as the project sounds, the fact is that the number of people playing golf is dropping. Can we depend on small tournaments, weddings, etc., to help support this big of a financial expenditure?
Ask where the cost of architects, attorneys and presentations are coming from. Out of our capital fund account?
After talking to a significant number of our neighbors and in polling our neighborhood association, there wasn't much support for what is being proposed. However, many of these neighbors didn't fill out their surveys. They also weren't aware this project would increase their HOA dues.
BE HEARD. Please contact your neighborhood association board, CCC Board or the CCC General Manager by letter, email or a note with your concerns.
Terri Ogan and Pat Jacobson are residents of the Charbonneau development in Wilsonville.
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