|Re: Membershhip charges||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Bonnie Fergusson (fergyb2yahoo.com)|
|Date: Mon, 25 Sep 2006 15:21:19 -0700 (PDT)|
Most things are charged for by square foot of space rather than by number of people. It makes the bookeeping simpler and it also makes sense, generally more square footage equates with more usage. All adults on the deeds of ownership are members. We also have participating non-members (renters, visitors, kids). The two major exceptions are meals and laundry which are by person or load. The meals are broken down by adult person whether member, participating non-member, or guest. We don't charge for kids under the age of 4 because the quantities of food consumed are so negligible in those toddler years. In the laundry we keep track of the number of loads of wash or dry that we do and pay for those 2 or 3 times a year. This makes sense because a couple of people have their own washer/dryer and don't use the common facilities at all and the rest of the various families use them differing amounts generally depending on number and age of kids they have. Generally when setting up systems you want to remember that YOU will be managing this stuff and adding up all these numbers over the years so you don't want to set up systems that would make you work harder. Couples split, singles hook up, kids grow up and go off to college, come back in the summer or not, are maybe in and out for years. People rent rooms, or sometimes their whole place, periodically, have long term guests. If you base your HOA dues on #'s of people rather than square footage you will be doing a lot of chopping and changing and it won't be worth it, trust me on this. Bonnie Fergusson Swan's Market Cohousing Oakland, CA __________________________________________________ Do You Yahoo!? Tired of spam? Yahoo! Mail has the best spam protection around http://mail.yahoo.com
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