Re: Taxe Exempt Expenses & the Idea of Cohousing Expenses
From: Diana Carroll (
Date: Wed, 10 Feb 2010 08:12:07 -0800 (PST)
Our situation is somewhat unique and therefore not really related to your advice. We already discussed this and I did offer to let you look at our budgets if you are really interested.

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On Feb 10, 2010, at 10:32 AM, Sharon Villines <sharon [at]> wrote:

On Feb 9, 2010, at 9:09 PM, Ellen Keyne Seebacher wrote:

state has
strict rules about what we can charge affordable-unit buyers for
condo fees, and the town has forbidden us (as a condition of our
building permit) to require "cohousing" fees from owners who don't
want to participate.

But do you have to think of them as "cohousing' vs "condo' fees. We
have labels that the treasurer and accountant use on forms that we
don't use otherwise. They don't define how we think or talk about of
our expenses in the community.

We have a long list of categories of cohousing expenses. 3,5,8, and 9
may be the tax or legally related categories, in your case the
mandatory fees, but they are all cohousing fees.

My concern is that we not come to consider cohousing only to be the
social aspects of cohousing. Otherwise we could just be a neighborhood
association or a food and babysitting club.

Cohousing is "cooperative housing."

If anything, the facilities maintenance part of the fees should be
called cohousing, not the activities part.

Sharon Villines
"Logic will get you from A to B.  Imagination will take you
everywhere."  Albert Einstein

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