|Re: Getting the work done||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: R Philip Dowds (rpdowdscomcast.net)|
|Date: Thu, 15 Nov 2012 02:20:39 -0800 (PST)|
At Cornerstone, we're experimenting with a variant of Takoma's system: Any particular acquisition or improvement is inevitably of greater interest to some members, less to others. Having no kids, I can't say a new playground structure is my personal top priority. But I support (politically and financially) such an improvement because I believe that my own personal interests will be comparably supported some other time, in some other way. But how to pay? What we're trying out here is the concept that if you're part of the community, then you've also signed up for the community values — like intergenerational living — and thus you help pay for things supportive of these shared values whether or not you want them personally. BUT AND HOWEVER, if you are having serious financial problems, ones which might even force you to leave the community, then you can self-excuse from participation in optional expenditures like a swing set or a garden shed or remodeling a community space. Just notify the Treasurer, and you're off the hook. It's strictly honor system, no submittal or review of household financial records is desired or required. So where Takoma presumes you're out unless you choose to buy in, we presume you're in unless you choose to opt out. R Philip Dowds AIA Cornerstone Cohousing 175 Harvey Street, Unit 5 Cambridge, MA 02140 617.354.6094 On Nov 14, 2012, at 6:55 PM, Sharon Villines <sharon [at] sharonvillines.com> wrote: > While almost no one pays instead of works in our community, we have had > instances where people contributed money to purchases. This is also > prohibited in some communities because it might lead to the rich controlling > purchases. We have definitely not found this to be true. We decide what we > want and we ask for donations. Those who want the object the most often > donate. In the case of a Universal Gym the community had to approve the > purchase but it was paid for by about 8-10 people, not the community. The > conditions are that it becomes the property of the community to be used as > any other facility.
- Re: Getting the work done, (continued)
- Re: Getting the work done Sharon Villines, November 13 2012
- Getting the work done Barbara Smith, November 13 2012
Re: Getting the work done R.N. Johnson, November 14 2012
- Re: Getting the work done Sharon Villines, November 14 2012
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