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Last Chance: Speak Up on RA Assessments

Have an opinion about rising Reston Association assessments? Speak up at public comment portion of Thursday's meeting.

Reston Association's Board of Directors will vote Thursday on the assessment level for 2013.

RA members are welcome to voice their opinion during a public comment session at the start of the 7 p.m. meeting at RA headquarters, 12001 Sunrise Valley Dr.

The proposed assessment for 2013 is $590, a number that was forecast in the biannual budget process this year. The 2012 assessment rate was $565. Board members could vote for an assessment above that number, but no higher than a ceiling of $600.

Board assessments have been rising at a rate of nearly 5 percent a year since 2010.

It a meeting earlier this month, Board members discussed a projected shortfall in 2013, due in part by the 80 units at Parc Reston being demolished. When that area reopens in the next few years as a new, it will be an opportunity for more assessment income. But for now, RA is missing out on up to $45,000.

Board members also discussed a rise in lower-income residents qualifying for reduced assessments, as well as the board's interest in funding new projects such as turf fields at South Lakes High School and Reston's 50th anniversary celebration events in 2014.

Assessments have been rising steadily since 2007 (see chart below). If the assessments are $590 in 2013, it will mean households are paying $75 more than they did in 2010.

The public is invited to comment to the board about assessments at the meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday at Reston Association headquarters, 12001 Sunrise Valley Dr.

RA ASSESSMENTS SINCE 2000

Year    Amount    % +/-    
2000    $370.00        
2001    $375.00    1.35%    
2002    $387.00    3.20%    
2003    $399.00    3.10%    
2004    $415.00    4.01%    
2005    $425.00    2.41%    
2006    $437.00    2.82%    
2007    $437.00    0.00%    
2008    $475.00    8.70%    
2009    $491.00    3.37%    
2010    $515.00    4.89%    
2011    $540.00    4.85%

 2012    $565.00    4.50%

2013     $590.00   4.50% (projected) 

(Source: Reston Association)

 

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Diane Curling November 29, 2012 at 02:00 PM
If a large enough portion of the higher assessment rate is used to truly maintain our pools, I will enthusiastically support it. My husband and I have lived in Reston for 34 years and have sadly watched as maintenance for the pools, which we always thought were Reston's biggest asset, has deteriorated significantly over the last 10 years. Where once they were sparkling clean with well trained and energetic lifeguards, they often have dirty, mildewed bathrooms with lifeguards who are confused about how to turn on the lights after dark. Please stop dreaming of shiny new projects and self congratulatory celebrations until we take better care of what we have now.
Bob November 29, 2012 at 03:02 PM
With significant additional development coming to Reston, too bad we can't get these folks to join RA. Of course, this would mean additional expensive RA facilities.
Greendayer November 29, 2012 at 03:42 PM
Before 2008, assessment growth only exceeded 4% once. Since 2008, they've only been less than 4% once. Are we getting more now than we did before 2008? It sure doesn't feel like it. Current inflation is much less than 4%. Why is this year's increase so much more?
Gene November 29, 2012 at 05:44 PM
What we really need to understand is what is driving this in detail not the soundbites we've been given. I've dug a little deeper but I still do not completely understand the detailed costs. We lost 50 units for some period of time (for the construction of some high-rise eye sore we were against), so we can calculate that impact (still want to know why the developer does not have to make that up) but what are the other costs, turf for SLHS - why is RA involved?
Karen Goff November 29, 2012 at 06:54 PM
Here is some background on the turf for SLHS project. It is on hold for now since the school did not get the 2012 county grant that would have paid most of the cost. RA has pledged $100K, but says it will not make the payment until the process is farther along (ie, the rest of the money is secured through another grant). http://reston.patch.com/articles/ra-pledges-100k-for-slhs-turf-fields
LD November 29, 2012 at 09:23 PM
i think i read this in another article but did RA pledge 100K to the other high school that many Restonians attend? Not snarky - just truly want to know. thanks, LD
Karen Goff November 29, 2012 at 10:15 PM
No, they did not contribute to Herndon's field. Read the comments in the story link that I just posted. Apparently, they were never asked but the resources were there from Herndon based groups (youth lax and soccer, herndon high, etc) so organizers did not need money from RA.
Stella McEnearny November 29, 2012 at 11:34 PM
They SUCK! A lousy return for all that money...
JoAnn Carlysle November 30, 2012 at 12:56 AM
I agree that if this money is going to maintain our pools I don't have a issue. The pools were very disappointing this past year. Hot tubs not working,bathroom issues,concrete issues. We don't need to take on new projects until existing amenities are up to par
LD November 30, 2012 at 12:42 PM
Sad-only one person showed up to speak to the board! I'm out of town for work until Friday. The board probably thinks we are ok with the increase. The apathy just fuels the board's appetite to spend
Jim H November 30, 2012 at 02:26 PM
$437 in 2007 to $590 in 2013 is an increase of over $150 (approx 35%) in a 6 year time frame. This is at a time when property values have declined, many incomes have been frozen and we have faced one of the most difficult economic times since the 1920's. RA, just like many other agencies, needs to be more fiscally auster and the citizens of Reston need to hear that their association is able to manage with less resources.

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