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From the President, January 2018: WCA to Host Former Association Leader

A very special guest will come to visit us in January.

The Honorable Daryl M. Manning of the Hillsborough County Thirteenth Judicial Circuit will be presiding over the Voting Members’ (VMs) January meeting.

You might remember Daryl Manning as a former Westchase resident and former president of the Westchase Community Association. As a former Judge Advocate General, Daryl has adopted a new mission in life: helping veterans with legal problems navigate the judicial system in Hillsborough County. He will be speaking to the VMs and telling us all about this new mission, his successes and what life is like after the Westchase homeowner’s association. Daryl is a great leader and a fun guy. The meeting should be very interesting and fun too. Please make a note to attend the VM meeting on Jan. 9 at 7 p.m. at the Westchase Swim and Tennis Center on Countryway Boulevard.

If you haven’t yet paid your annual assessment, now would be a good time do so – because no one likes late fees or worse! Please make your payment while you’re thinking about it. I’ve written about this before and I think it’s worth repeating. Your HOA depends on you to keep things moving along by making a timely payment of your annual assessment. Fortunately for us we mail very few late notices to unpaid accounts. Even better, we have very few delinquencies, but it does happen. Be aware that in those cases that are late or even delinquent, I have seen legal costs, late fees, interest and penalties add up to hundreds and even multiple thousands of dollars.

My questions are: Really? Why?

Why would anyone allow a $275 annual assessment get away from them to the tune of several thousand dollars? It leaves me shaking my head in utter disbelief when it happens. As president it is my obligation to collect on those assessments. And trust me when I tell you that is pains me terribly when I have to pull the trigger on legal action, up to and including foreclosure. It is so unnecessary and so stressful on the parties involved. Including me! I get no joy out of doing that part of this volunteer job. So please don’t let this happen to you. Please mail your $275 payment on time.

Last, as we begin the New Year, we have a lot on our HOA plate. This includes potentially adopting a new metal roof guideline, planning a Veterans Day event, building a new Westchase mobile app and, of course, executing a charitable tennis event and perhaps even planning a charitable swim event.

It is going to be a busy year indeed and I’m really looking forward to it.

By Ruben Collazo, WCA President


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