|Re: Membershhip||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Becky Weaver (beckyweaverswbell.net)|
|Date: Sat, 23 Sep 2006 10:19:03 -0700 (PDT)|
I'm with Kaleidoscope Village in Austin, Texas, also with developers & land but no site work done yet. At this stage in our development, we charge membership fees by household; one household = one house = one fee. It is simpler. Crafting a system for "fair" allocation of fees would be messy. Houshold size bears no relationship to household wealth or a household's ability/wilingness to do lots of community work. One flat fee per household is certainly more of a burden to some people than others, but it has the benefit of being easy to explain and implement. It also filters out people who have an strong need for everything to be perfectly "fair." Living in cohousing would drive such a person 'round the bend; it's merciful to screen them at the door, so to speak. Once you know, generally, what the price difference is between different home sizes, it makes sense to charge certain fees relative to home price/size. By the way, home size/price tends to be totally unrelated to family size and sometimes only vaguely related to income. Be careful about making any assumptions in this area. Try to keep fees related to costs unless there is a clear benefit to the community in doing otherwise. We have not addressed meal expenses yet, but it makes sense to charge those by individual eating the meal, since, again, it's simpler. You'll probably want to charge less for children than for teens & adults. Becky Weaver Central Austin Cohousing/Kaleidoscope Village Austin, Texas Where we're getting our first peek at architectural plans tomorrow! Nikki Sachs <nikkisachs [at] gmail.com> wrote: ...We are wondering how other cohousing communities determine what categories to charge for as individuals and what by household. Is membership by household and do you charge differently for single households vs couple or family households? What about meal expenses? ...
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