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Reston Association Board Approves 2017 Assessment Fees of $692

by Jennifer van der Kleut November 18, 2016 at 1:15 pm 19 Comments

RA Board meeting (Photo via Reston Association)Locals will have to pay $35 more on their annual fees to the Reston Association.

The RA Board last night voted 5-3 in favor of a 2017 assessment of $692. The fees for 2016 were $657.

Months of board meetings and public hearings led up to Thursday’s vote. Several assessment options were considered, ranging from $630 to $792. Most recently, the board appeared to lean toward fees of $698.

As part of the 2017 assessment vote, the board approved the hiring of a new capital improvements director, at an annual salary of $84,000 plus benefits, coming to a total expense of $138,000. In addition, two current RA employees will new jobs in the recently created capital projects department.

In order to increase member assessment fees as little as possible, while also allowing for the new capital improvement director’s salary, board members agreed to make cuts in a few places.

One place that received some cuts was aquatic services. The board decided to cut the hours of operations for some of the associations least-used pools. Details of which pools, and what the new hours will be, have not yet been announced. The savings from these cuts will run about $120,000 for the year, according to the board.

Other cuts approved in October included $174,000 from road maintenance and $20,000 from board governance training.

Assessment statements will go out to Reston households in mid-December.

Photo via Reston Association

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  • The Constitutionalist

    Wonderful.

  • Step down already

    Operation lake Hut was so successful that aquatic services, the most popular in reston no less, had to take a hit. Wow

  • Ming the Merciless

    We can hire some extra warm bodies to do the job we are already supposed to be doing, but you get less pool and road service. Yay! That’s what I call good government.

    • 30yearsinreston

      Typical RA

  • cRAzy

    Who are these idiots? There is virtually no more basic HOA function than providing swimming pools and the hours to go with them.

    But then we REALLY need the shack on the lake.

    • Tom

      AND the walking paths, which are actually used by more residents than the pools.

  • Scott H

    I can’t wait to see what another 5% increase in dues means for expanded services. Exciting times to be an RA member!!

    • 30yearsinreston

      Zero
      More jobs for the boys

  • Greg

    We really need President Trump to come here and drain some of our swamps (otherwise known as pools) and clean house at the RA.

  • BJ Wilson

    These people are idiots. Absolute idiots. Can individual clusters opt out of RA? The only way to stop them is to stop feeding them.

    • 30yearsinreston

      If it was possibie there would be no one left in RA
      Which would be A good thing
      Thank you Bob Simon

  • 30yearsinreston

    This is disgraceful
    As I said before, this shower, just like the ones before them, love to spend other people’s money
    A pool closing is NOT worth another ‘ director’ to do the job the staff are already being paid for

    Anyone who votes for this board deserves to have their head examined

  • 30yearsinreston

    Get rid of the glossy PR magazine which goes directly in the trash

    • Tom

      Agreed. Unless that magazine is making a profit from advertising, dump it.

  • Concerned in Reston

    This fee is too high. I hope the hundreds of “Rosslyn west” residential units in the new developments are part of the RA / pay the annual fee so the cost will go down.

    • Rational Reston

      With RA, the costs to ‘members’ will never go down. However, we’ll get plenty more pet projects for the elite few.

  • Jon Taylor

    Just moved out of there to greener pastures. Enjoy your fees, suckers!

    • Edward Calvert

      Lol

  • TJ Steward, REALTOR®

    I posted about this on October 21st. https://www.facebook.com/TJ.Steward.Realtor/?ref=bookmarks#

    This type of “Charge more, spend less” while hiring individuals who don’t directly benefit every RA member in some fashion has got to end!!! What increases are to take effect next year??? What problems will we have then that a dire need to increase MUST be done???

    Looks like it may be time for the RA House Cleaning!!!

    TJ Steward, REALTOR®

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