Drug Take Back Day Canceled, Article by Board Member Bucky Rogers
Drug Take Back Day Canceled
The Sarasota Sheriff canceled the October 26 Drug Take Back Day because of Covid.
Jacquie Delano, Chair, Security Committee
OCTOBER 2021 Newspaper Article by HOA BOARD MEMBER Bucky Rogers
This Article was written the first week of September and will be published October 1, 2021.
As a La Casa board member, I always try to write something that everyone might be interested in reading. Being a business manager for 40 plus years, I am always looking for opportunities to improve how La Casa manages its business component. I thought It might be interesting if I discussed the 2022 budget sent to all shareholders in August, and which will probably be approved at the September HOA board meeting.
I am sure that everyone is pleased with the NO INCREASE IN MONTHLY FEES for the year 2022. This will be the second year of no increases in our monthly fees. We don’t want to increase monthly fees, just for the sake of raising them. Thanks to the Finance Committee, Management, and the HOA Board of Directors for working all summer putting together the 2022 budget. A special thanks to Linda Krout, our accountant for pulling all the information together for the rough draft of the 2022 budget.
If all of the financial details are overwhelming, and you want a way to determine how La Casa is doing financially, look at the total cash to see if it’s increasing or decreasing. If it is decreasing over time, we probably will need to increase fees. If the total cash is increasing, it indicates that we are making more than we are spending and probably don’t need to increase monthly fees for that year.
The Finance Committee has led the way over the years identifying potential opportunities along with the HOA Board and Management. Every year this team is finding ways to improve income and reduce operational cost. Committees like the CRC, Future of La Casa, and other committees are also helping to find ways to improve how the business side of La Casa is run.
Including the Capital Asset Acquisition (CAA) in the annual budget starting with the 2022 budget, is one major change that closes a large potential loophole in the La Casa yearly budget. This account has approximately $2.7 million dollars and will allow shareholders to see the the total budget for Reserves, Operations and Capital Asset Acquisition.
We are very fortunate to have volunteers that have a background in finance, business management, construction, and more. These volunteers help us manage La Casa. It would be impossible for LaCasa to have it’s maintenance fees as low as they are without these people generously giving their time to the community.
I will end by saying thanks to everyone that volunteers in some way to make La Casa a better place.