Board’s lack of communication with owners
There are too many issues with the board to address here. I understand positions are voluntary and there can be a great deal of work. If I thought it would be of any use I would ask to join the board but no new opinions are ever welcomed.
Last year our condo fees were reduced by $10/month because we had no management company. The board rehired the management company this year and condo fees have increased by $50/month. Some of that could also be due to utilities, which brings me to my next concern. My condo (which I own) is in a 89 unit building, our utilities are on one meter. In September of 2021 a COVID relief credit of $12,000 was applied to the utility bill, by the city of Medicine Hat. The board had no discussion with owners regarding this, when I questioned the president he told me the refund was because the city charged too much.
In 2023 the following was decided by the city:
“About 32,500 residential utility accounts would receive $200 credits per month for four months from August to November, including a $400 credit on the bill mailed after Sept. 18, then $200 in the next two billing cycles. The figure also includes individuals within condo associations that typically receive a single bill.”
This resulted in a total credit of $71,200 for our utility bill. Once again the board did not have a discussion with owners. I again asked about this credit but only received and answer that one utility bill was $29,000 and only $15,000 had been budgeted from condo fees.
I have to research further in order to see what the cost of certain utilities will be as I believe the city has decided to lower rates.
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