In January, you will have the opportunity to vote on a proposed amendment to the Robson Ranch Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions (CC&Rs). The proposed amendment will establish a fee, called the Community Improvement Fee (CIF). The fee will provide additional funding for homeowner-desired improvements, as well as a minimum of 5 years of supplemental funding for the Reserve fund. The fee will be equal to one year’s annual HOA dues and will be assessed to the new owner upon the purchase of an existing home.
Most Robson Communities, Inc. (RCI) communities have amended their CC&Rs to add a resale buyer’s fee of some kind to help fund future expenditures. However, most have had to wait until after transition, which occurs after all the new homes have been built, and they are no longer under RCI control. RCI is providing Robson Ranch with the opportunity to change their CC&Rs now, instead of waiting until after transition, to include the same verbiage that would typically be incorporated after transition. This would allow the HOA to begin collecting funds now instead of waiting until after transition. Establishing the fee now will help maintain the financial stability of Robson Ranch, which is essential to maintaining property values.
Many homeowners have asked to vote on this issue in light of the recent dues increases for the Reserve fund. Additional dues increases will be necessary in the future to adequately fund the Reserve, as well as for capital improvements that are not specifically covered by the Reserve fund. Every dollar collected is a dollar homeowners will not pay in increased dues or special assessments.
Additional information about the amendment and the voting process will be available on the Robson Ranch HOA website.
As a Robson Ranch homeowner, you have the opportunity to participate in deciding on this important issue for your community. Before you cast your ballot for or against the amendment, I encourage you to read the amendment in its entirety and do your due diligence by researching and investigating the facts. Whatever you decide, please vote so that we can hear from everyone on this issue.