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WCA Workshop 2019 Draft Budget Released

Westchase Community Association (WCA) Manager Debbie Sainz released her draft 2019 budget for the association. Click here to view it.

The draft will be the focus of discussion at the association’s budget workshop on Wednesday, Aug. 6, at 6 p.m. The workshop, open to all residents, will be held at the activity room of the Westchase Swim and Tennis Center on Countryway Boulevard.

The annual budget workshop reviews the proposed budget and attendees, usually WCA board members and Westchase Voting Members (VMs), make adjustments before it goes before the WCA Board for its formal approval.

While the draft budget usually does see some changes during the workshop, it currently calls for spending levels to be held steady, decreasing the WCA assessment on all Westchase homes by a dollar, from $275 to $274.

Only a number of budget lines see significant changes. While the draft states that the budget fully funds reserves (funds set aside annually to replace big-ticket items), it does decrease amounts reserved by $61,625, a 47 percent decline. Funds budgeted for electricity have increased $6,867, a jump of 14 percent. Estimated income from the association’s swim and tennis programs (not including summer camps) has been decreased $23,111, with roughly $8,500 of the decrease due to the elimination of the Karate program (The karate instructor moved out of town and has not been replaced.) Projected summer camp revenues (including tennis camp) have been increased for next year just under $7,500. Combined, the overall budgeted income for programs is showing a $15,611 decrease over 2018 budgeted amounts. The decrease in revenues in the budget is matched by a decrease in projected expenditures by $14,173.

Likely to be a focus of discussion is the budgeted lines for general legal fees (The WCA’s legal fees are broken out over multiple lines with small, unchanged amounts budgeted for late assessment collection and the collection of fines assessed for violations). Last year the association budgeted $30,579 for general legal fees in 2018 but they have already spent $39,308 alone through June 30, including $12,000 for work associated with amending the facility use rules document alone. The proposed line for 2019 is currently $63,361, more than double the 2018 budgeted amount. That amount, however, seems more in line with the $58,016 the association spent on general legal fees in 2017.

The WCA Board will hold their budget meeting on Thursday, Sept. 6, at the WCA office building on Parley Drive to vote on the draft budget that emerges from the budget workshop. The board may also make further changes to the spending plan at that meeting. Approval by the board will trigger a 10-day review period by Westchase Voting Members (VMs). If VMs take no formal action to reject the budget, it will become the official 2019 budget for the WCA.

By Chris Barrett, Publisher

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