The end of the year is finally here and Christmas and Hanukkah will be quick to appear. Yes, it really is December! Just as Santa is busy preparing his sleigh, so are we with celebrations galore. So light the lights and deck the halls. Come one and come all for some holiday cheer. There is always plenty to do for big and for small!
Events and more events: This month’s activities start off in grand style with the Hometown Holiday celebration and Winter Market in our Town Center South on Friday, December 7. Other not to miss celebrations are the Classical Music Series at the Highlands Ranch Mansion on Thursday, December 13, and of course, Breakfast with Santa is a must for you and your children on Saturday, December 15, and the final Classics and Cocktails on Friday, December 16 featuring "White Christmas". Tickets for many of these events sell out quickly, so buy yours today. Visit our web site at www.HRCAonline.org/Events for more information.
Hot Topics: Some of the most frequent questions and complaints we have gotten throughout the year have to do with dog waste, barking dogs, home upkeep, trash, street parking, fencing, yard maintenance and snow shoveling. Answers to these questions and more are on our web site at www.HRCAonline.org/Covenants. We thank you for being a good neighbor and doing your part in maintaining the community.
Budget: It isn’t always the most glamorous topic to talk about at this time of year, but budgeting is important for all of us to understand what is happening for the next year(s) in our community. HRCA is asked many times a year where assessment payments go. First and foremost, they go to upkeep and maintain our four large recreation centers. They also go to improve the same recreation centers. As a recent example, homeowners are now able to see the completed remodel at Northridge Recreation Center and Tennis Pavilion. These projects have been part of the budget planning process for many years and we are excited to see our oldest recreation center updated with a new design and improved recreational amenities. Another major improvement that is on the horizon is the Eastridge Lobby and Administrative Offices. They are being slated for a significant renovation project. This project is still in the early planning stages, but homeowners could see improvements to Eastridge as early as 2020. The HRCA Board of Directors believes that keeping our facilities first-class and up-to-date will continue to enhance our property values to their highest levels, which is our main responsibility. This initiative will be very important in the coming years and will require an emphasis on service to the community and capital improvements beyond just maintenance. Finally, many of you may not be aware, but the HRCA needs many employees as lifeguards, instructors, janitorial, etc. The voters of Colorado approved Amendment 70 in the fall of 2016 to incrementally increase minimum wage over the following three years. In 2020 that wage will be $12 for all employees, which will have a significant impact on the HRCA budget.
Accordingly, the Board is instituting an assessment increase for 2019. This will help HRCA to maintain our outstanding level of service and current operating structure while continuing to fund the Capital Reserve Fund. This will enable us to continue setting aside funds for improvements to our aging recreation facilities. For more detailed information on our budget, please visit www.HRCAonline.org/Budget.