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RA: Monday is First Public Meeting for 2017 Budget, Member Assessments

by Jennifer van der Kleut November 4, 2016 at 12:00 pm 12 Comments

Reston AssociationMonday marks the first of two public hearings by the Reston Association on the 2017 budget and assessment rate. The RA Board is proposing assessments of $698 per member household, which would be an increase of $41 above this year’s rate.

The second meeting will take place on Nov. 17, and the board is expected to set the 2017 budget and member assessment rate that night.

Capital improvements have been a major budget issue for the association recently.

A handful of residents spoke out at the Oct. 19 RA meeting about their dissatisfaction with how the board has managed funds in the Reserve, Repair and Replacement account, used for capital improvements. The board reported that night that the account has more than $6 million in it, yet many projects around the neighborhood have gone uncompleted.

For example, recent renovations of the Tetra building ran more than $430,000 over budget, bringing the final total to roughly three times what the RA had expected. Because of that overrun, several things — including the proposed rebuilding of the Pony Barn picnic pavilion, staff raises and additional hires — were put on hold.

One proposed solution to these problems is the creation of a new Capital Department within the RA. The board said it would hire a full-time director for the new office, as well as reassign two RA employees to work there. The Capital Department  would help ensure projects get completed in a timely manner, on budget, according to the RA.

In addition to the hiring of a Capital Department director –a position which Board members said would carry an annual salary of $84,000 — the RA said other staffing needs for 2017 include a land use assistant (with a $98,000 salary); a general ledger accountant (with a $82,000 salary); the promotion of someone to capital projects administration coordinator (a $36,000 pay increase); and the hiring of many seasonal employees ($181,000 in salaries).

The board also hopes to give current employees a total of $233,000 in merit raises.

Monday’s meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. at RA headquarters (12001 Sunrise Valley Drive).

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  • Ming the Merciless

    So the solution to the RA spending too much money and doing their job incompetently is to spend more money and hire someone else to do their job for them. They’re sounding more and more like a government agency every day! The solution to any and every problem created by the government is always “more government”…

    Making sure that “projects get completed in a timely manner, on budget” is the Board’s job. The $84,000 to hire a “Capital Director” should come out of Board member salaries, since the Capital Director will be doing the Board’s job for them.

    The board also hopes to give current employees a total of $233,000 in merit raises.

    Not really seeing the “merit” lately, sorry.

    • Reston’s Good Samaritan

      see my commebt above. I literally saw an enoloyee peeing in broad daylight by the tennis court. When I wrote RA, they said, the employee “has been spoken too, but that he had a bladder problem”
      There are two village centers, and a 711 less than a mile away.

    • Irwin Flashman

      Aside from the merits of whether these raises and positions should be made or created and filled, Ming’s assertion that the money for these proposals ought to come out of Board salaries will get us absolutely nowhere. Board members are volunteers and receive no compensation.

      • Ming the Merciless

        Fulkerson got paid $180k in 2014. The Reston CFO got paid $116k in 2014 (though he is not on the Board). Far as I’m concerned they can take the $84k out of both their hides, since neither of them was doing a competent job.

        • Irwin Flashman

          Perhaps something you will consider picky, but there is a difference between paid staff, no matter how high the level, and the Board members, who are not paid. Your initial statement referred to Board members. Cate Fulkerson is also paid staff, not a Board member.

          • Ming the Merciless

            Way to miss the point, sperglord.

  • Guest

    Keep attending, keep commenting. At the meetings and on the record, not just here.

  • Reston’s Good Samaritan

    Do the RA employees I caught on tape urinating in public, littering, or sleeping at the Shadow Wood Tennis area get raises too!!!???

    • Attention Hoe

      “Caught on tape”

    • Guest

      Youtube link? No?

  • Can’t wait to attend one of these “listen to the members then do what we want anyway” meetings.

  • 30yearsinreston

    Another rubber stamp exercise for spending more money
    No more staff till the current ones do the jobs they are paid

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