|Apportionment of Common House Costs <fwd>||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Fred H Olson WB0YQM (fholsonmaroon.tc.umn.edu)|
|Date: Mon, 27 Jun 94 09:37 CDT|
Message author: TC.CORNELL.EDU!ANARRES!GAARDER Steve Gaarder Posted by the COHOUSING-L sysop. (after several days delay - sorry) We (EcoVillage of Ithaca) have come to one of the Great Questions: how to divide the costs of common house maintenance and operations. (We will also hit, quite soon, the question of the cost of common house construction.) The question is whether to divide common house costs evenly among the units, or make it proportional to the number of shares attached to a house (which is proportional to square footage). Arguments made for the latter (by shares) include: 1. Larger houses usually have more people, which means more common house use. 2. People whith larger houses have more money invested, and thus should pay more. 3. Dividing by shares helps keep the smaller units affordable. Arguments for dividing by unit include: A. People's use of the common house varies widely, so household size is at best only loosely related to common house use. B. Dividing by unit is simpler, and avoids arguments over who uses the common house more. I'd like to hear what other groups have done, or are considering. Thanks! Steve Gaarder gaarder [at] anarres.ithaca.ny.us -- Fred H. Olson fholson [at] uci.com Amateur radio: WB0YQM 1221 Russell Av N, Minneapolis, MN 55411 voice: (612) 588-9532 Sysop of COHOUSING-L listserv & gopherspace (gopher: uci.uci.com)
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