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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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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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