The Huntwick Civic Association
The Huntwick Civic Association, Inc. (“HCA”) is comprised of all Huntwick homeowners who are automatically members. It operates under the authority of our Restrictive Covenants (Deed Restrictions), its Articles of Incorporation as a tax-exempt entity, and its By-laws. It does not own operating properties, but does contract for security, waste disposal and maintenance of the Common Areas – essentially the esplanades in the subdivision and along Champion Forest Drive. The HCA is funded by an Association Fee authorized by the Deed Restrictions and a Resident Service Fee authorized by the membership. The Association Fee is billed annually.
Association Fee bills are sent in November and due by January 10th of each year. This fee funds routine operations as specified in the annual budget. The Resident Service Fee is included as a convenience in your monthly water and sewer bill. It funds security and waste disposal activities – about 85% of our total costs. Both fee levels are established by board resolution and voted on by the Huntwick Civic Association membership. All fees set by the board must be voted on by the homeowners at the annual meeting with the exception of the annual Association Fee .
Board meetings are held at 7:30 p.m. in the Huntwick Recreation Facility clubhouse the second Tuesday of every month. They are open meetings, and residents are encouraged to attend. There is also a very important annual meeting each February at which the community elects new directors, approves a budget for the next year, and votes on any other matters properly presented to the meeting. There are also a number of HCA committees which are always in need of volunteers. This is a great way to get involved within the Huntwick community.
The Huntwick Community Directory
The Huntwick Community Directory is making a new, modern comeback! We’ll be announcing details as they get closer, but we’re excited to bring back the Community Directory in a digital format. We’ll have more information soon!
Annual Maintenance Fee
The Annual Maintenance Fee is an assessment that every property owner is required to pay. The rate is established annually by the Huntwick Civic Association Board of Directors. Payment of the Fee is secured by a vendor’s lien reserved in the Deed to each lot.
Payments should be mailed to the address on your invoice. This is the address for the Huntwick Recreational Facilities. If you prefer, you may drop off your payment in the drop box/slot to the left of the front door of the clubhouse. Make sure it is labeled “HUNTWICK CIVIC ASSOCIATION”.
Homeowners Associations Continue to Grow
Data indicates that the number of community associations in the United States has grown to an estimated 309,600 communities comprising an estimated 24.8 million housing units and more than 62 million residents. This is up from 222,500 associations and 45 million residents in 2000. Homeowners associations and other planned communities account for 52-55 percent of these totals, condominiums for 38-42 percent, and cooperatives for 5-7 percent. In 1970, there were approximately 10,000 community associations and fewer than 2.1 million Americans lived in homeowner and condominium associations and cooperatives. In addition, there are an estimated 60,000 community association managers and an estimated 10,000 community association management companies. It is estimated that 15-25 percent of the common-interest communities are self managed. The percentage of self-managed associations is highest in older urban areas where many apartment buildings have been converted to condominiums or cooperatives.
- More than 1.75 million people serve on community association governing boards, with tens of thousands more serving as committee members.
- There are at least 310,000 community association annual meetings every year, at least 2.5 million association board meetings and an estimated one million association committee meetings a year.
- Combined, the estimated value of these homes in all community associations is estimated at $450 million. According to one estimate, about 26 percent of the eligible U.S. population volunteers at some point during a year; community association leaders volunteer continuously during a year — a large percentage of them for many years.
- In 2010, association boards supervised the collection of close to $40 billion in annual assessments and maintained investment accounts of another $36-37 billion for the long-term maintenance and replacement of commonly held property. Estimated annual operating revenue for U.S. community associations is more than $41 billion.
- This information is developed for CAI by Association Information Services. It is derived from U.S. Census publications, the American Housing Survey, IRS Statistics of Income Reports and other sources
(information updated December 2010).
Zogby International conducted a nationally representative survey of community association residents in December 2009. The survey affirmed what Zogby learned from similar national surveys in 2005 and 2007:
- Residents are satisfied with their community associations.
- Association board members strive to serve the best interests of the community.
- Community managers provide value and support to associations.
- Association rules protect and enhance property values.
- Homeowners value the return they get for their association assessments.
- Residents do not want additional government intervention in their communities.