Tuesday, June 05, 2007

CZ Master Association Fork On the Road

CZ Master Association Fork On the Road

Joseph Morabito, former member CZ BOD

June 5, 2007

Hello All: It really does not matter what was done during the Glisson/Rose years or even the Varo/Mezger years concerning the management of CZ. That is all water under the bridge and old news. There have been four dues increases since 1996; one under Zarian, one under Rose and two under Varo/Mezger. The last two occurred over a two year period which is alarming. The Zipperman/Yocham Board is now at a fork in the road with two choices as follows:

Continue business as usual with CZ Members subsidizing other organizations, the county, non-CZ Members and other CZ Members and fail to implement proper purchasing department methods to lower expenses, which will result in guaranteed higher dues for all CZ Members.
Or, recognize that users who cause CZ greater expense should pay more, stop subsidizing other organizations, the county, non-CZ Members and other CZ Members and implement proper purchasing department methods to lower expenses so that all CZ Members pay less in monthly dues.
There is no point in discussing old news further. These are the choices that the Association faces today. My guess is that if this choice was put to a vote that CZ Members would overwhelmingly choose and support Option 2 because it is in the interest of all CZ Members and it just makes good business sense.

A super majority of Delegates voted for change in the last Board election. It is now up to Zipperman/Yocham to take the Association in a new direction which includes direct popular election, more transparency and Option 2. Otherwise, if we still have business as usual, nothing was accomplished by electing a new Board Member.

We are in violent agreement that arguing about what happened during boards prior to Varo/Mezger does not matter. Let’s be honest. The only outcome is to either divert attention from the current issues and/or find the right excuse: The “everybody is doing it”, (or “previous boards did/did not do it”) excuse, such as the one used by a certain columnist to argue against his getting a speeding citation, or blaming a previous property management company for missing tickler file are blatant attempts at avoiding assuming responsibility.

Incumbent Mezger continues to mix apples and oranges and comes up with pineapples: When “audited financials” have been published with major holes and Steve Schnowit refuses to fill them in, the best place for these figures is the circular file.

A way forward for the new board to avoid these problems (‘my board is better than your board”) is to define a baseline. Such baseline may require the use of forensic accounting expertise.

Remember “One person's pork is another person's legitimate expenditure.” If a board interprets its mandate beyond the statue-mandated Repair, Repair and Maintain, then "legitimate expenditures" can be used to promote a greater community. How can this be done and still present feel good financials you may ask? “Easy, let me count the ways”, would tell you an Enron accountant!

Indeed, the CZ Fork is here. Residents and delegates should get a chance to see whether the new board indeed sees the future as a fork on the road, or an Alice in Wonderland stroll, during the first board of directors meeting:

"Cheshire-Puss," she began, rather timidly, "Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?"

"That depends a great deal on where you want to get to," said the cat.

"I don't much care where -," said Alice.

"Then it doesn't matter which way you go," said the cat.

--Lewis Carroll

Alice in Wonderland



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