Sliding Scale Association fees? -- C2pattee
From: Fred H Olson (
Date: Sun, 20 Jan 2002 11:11:01 -0700 (MST)
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In the early years of the women's movement, we had sliding scale fees for
everything.  what we found out was that the majority of women, whatever
their actual income, rated themselves no higher (and mostly lower) than
the mid-range.

Discussions of sliding fees as a way to maintain affordability have come
up in my group, greater hartford cohousing.  i always put out the opinion
that i am just about able to afford cohousing myself, and can't afford to
pay more so someone else can pay less.

christine pattee

> Message: 4
> Date: Wed, 16 Jan 2002 12:35:55 -0500 (EST)
> From: Susan Hope Dundas <suhopdu [at]>
> To: <cohousing-l [at]>
> Subject: [C-L]_Sliding Scale Association fees?
> Reply-To: cohousing-l [at]
> Hello,
> I'm a member of the developing Great Oak Cohousing community in Ann Arbor,
> Michigan, and we're working on how to structure our association fees.
> One idea which has been floated (among many attempts to try to keep our
> housing as affordable as possible) is to define a range of fees for each
> unit type, and allow individuals to use those ranges as a sliding scale.
> Any shortfall at the end of the year would be addressed by having all
> households split the cost of the shortfall equally.
> Does anyone out there have any experience with such a structure, or
> opinions/comments/suggestions on the idea? One of the concerns that has
> been raised is how we would handle someone who consistently "abuses" the
> policy.
> Many thanks in advance to you all.
>     Susan Hope

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