Re: Operating budget categories
From: Jerry McIntire (
Date: Wed, 6 May 2015 04:36:35 -0700 (PDT)

Thanks for the list, and for the encouraging conclusion that an annual
assessment can run under $100/month! Question: does the assessment include
contributions to reserves? I'm thinking it doesn't.


Jerry McIntire
Stone's Throw Ecovillage, in the heart of Wisconsin's beautiful Driftless

On Tue, May 5, 2015 at 11:34 PM, Lynn Nadeau / Maraiah <welcome [at]>

> RoseWind Cohousing, Port Townsend WA
> (24 households-- individuals cover all costs of their homes and pay all
> the property taxes)
> (mild climate= no snow removal, leaf raking)
> Operating budget line items:
> Agricultural: bee equipment, fertilizer/mulch, labor for perennials;
> plants/trees
> Common House Operations: electricity, phone, propane, trash, water/sewer,
> housekeeping labor, maintenance and repair, supplies (soaps, TP, kitchen
> misc, light bulbs, etc)
> 2 shares of Garden CSA for vegetables for Monday meals
> Emergency Prep: supplies
> Facilitation: training, retreat, supplies
> Finance: assessment relief (up to 20% discount for those who need it),
> bank fees, filing fees, tax, INSURANCE, postage and copies
> Electronics: Internet and basic TV, supplies
> Grounds: hired labor for heavy work, irrigation parts, maintenance and
> rental of equipment, path lighting upkeep, plants, electricity for well pump
> Kids: equipment and activities
> Outreach: advertising and/or PR (incl donations to CohoUS and FIC)
> Legal and professional help
> Work party food.
> Contingency line = 10% of total.
> Plus we add to our Reserves each year. And reserves pay for items needing
> replacement or major repair: hot water heater, chairs, etc.
> Our annual assessment is about $1100 per household.
> Maraiah Lynn Nadeau
> watching full-blown spring, flowers everywhere, vegetables in the garden
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