Willing to help auditor

By Stan Eggink / Guest CommentaryMarch 14, 2013 

As president of the Cascadel Woods Property Owner's Association, I, along with Cascadel Woods resident Brian Curtis, spoke in favor of terminating the CSA21 (Cascadel Woods) contract during the Feb. 26 Madera County Board of Supervisor Meeting.

The original contract signed in 1985 was replaced in 1995 with little improvement. Both contracts were operational challenges with changing interpretations through 27 years of county auditors. We have been attempting to get clarification on expense items for years.

Marcia Hall, Madera County Auditor-Controller, recently corrected me when I made an inquiry regarding the current audit. It appears that there is no audit, only an analysis of revenue and expenditures. Regardless of the description, the history of expenses for CSA property is strictly a judgment call depending on a broad understanding and definition of the term "recreational."

It should be noted that the auditor has only asked for clarification on just one item with the CWPOA bookkeeper. However, the auditor's report seems to have many unresolved issues. I have asked to meet with her and have yet to receive an appointment. The auditor has been working on these books since early December 2012, along with her other duties. I am more than willing to help her resolve any of the issues she seems to be having.

The current property owner's association board of directors has inherited many of the expense items previously approved by past boards and county auditors. The overhead expense of the association has been mentioned frequently lately. One of the overhead issues is the directors and officers insurance. The association charges 50% of the premium to the county, which began in July 2006 with the approval of Mark Stamas, then the association president and who, by the way, has complained the most about the overhead through this entire process.

The best example of the flip-flop attitude is the $4,000 expense for a CSA-21 boundary survey, presently under review and approved by the prior board. Asked repeatedly for more money to mark boundaries, the current board has refused, not once, but several times. The people most upset about that decision pushed the hardest for the formation of the Municipal Advisory Committee and the termination of the CSA contract.

There is absolutely no question that the CSA21 contract needs revision.

-- Stan Eggink is the current president of the Cascadel Woods Property Owner's Association.

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