Annual Amenity Billing

If you want to change any of your amenity choices (i.e. golf/tennis upgrades or deletions, trail fee additions or deletions, etc.) it is best to do so before the annual billing is generated.  It is especially important for those on an installment payment plan to let Admin know of any changes.

Regarding yesterday’s post that mentioned daily cart fees and annual trail fees…for the last several years, there has been another option…the “Annual Cart Rental”. The 2018 annual cart rental will cost $1200 (it was $1150 this year).  Also, a discounted “2nd Annual Trail Fee” will be available next year for $500.  The 2nd annual trail fee is an option for families that want the ability to have two private carts out on the course at the same time.

Next Year’s Budget

The 2018 budget, as approved at Tuesday’s meeting of the Board of Directors, is available on the official Bent Tree website (property owner login required).  The possible lot combination fee mentioned in an earlier post (click here) was not approved.  The only amendment made to the proposed 2018 fee schedule and budget (the one that was available for review prior to the board meeting) on Tuesday was to increase each preferred golf membership category by $100 instead of the proposed $150.  That change led to a bottom line operating budget of $4,988,150.

One fee that saw a dramatic increase from 2017 to 2018 is the annual trail fee for private cart use on the golf course.  That fee jumped from $750 to $1000…a 33.3% increase.  It was pointed out by the Board that if a member thought the $1000 was too much, they could always pay the daily cart rental fee and use one of Bent Tree’s carts.  BTCI does not have any direct operating expenditures related to a member’s private cart.  Each member is responsible for the maintenance and gas for their own cart.  BTCI does have operating expenses directly related to rental carts.

$5,000,000

The Bent Tree Board of Directors will vote on the 2018 Budget and Fee Schedule at tomorrow’s meeting (9:00 a.m. at Club Tamarack, BTCI members may attend).  The proposed operating budget is $4,997,950…just $2,050 shy of five million dollars.   That covers the day-to-day operating expenses…the capital budget is separate.

If you are a Bent Tree property owner, you can review the proposed budget and fee schedule on the official Bent Tree website (login required).  One thing that has been discussed and straw polled by the Board, but is not on the proposed fee schedule, is a one-time fee to combine lots.  At the November 7 budget session, a board member said that he thought there should be a $1,500 lot combination fee starting next year (a one-time fee that would apply only to future lot combinations).  He also said that he already took advantage of the 2015 CC&R amendment that allows lot combinations with no additional assessment (and without a fee).  After some discussion, the board president called for a straw vote on whether or not board members would support a $1000 (not $1500) lot combination fee.  Six members raised their hands (one of the six said she was a half vote).  The board did not add the fee to the proposed fee schedule at that point, but the fee has continued to be discussed as a possibility.  The Board has the option to amend the fee schedule and/or the budget at tomorrow’s meeting.

Property owners may not participate in the discussions at tomorrow’s meeting, but they can sign up to speak at Open Forum, if they wish.  Click here for more information on Opens Forums.

The Fishing Line Eating Tree

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This tree near the fishing dock at the pavilion makes me think of Charlie Brown’s kite-eating tree.  Click here for the Jasper fishing forecast.  There are some good fishing days ahead.

November 22, 2107 - Fishing line eating tree in Bent Tree

November 22, 2107 – Fishing line eating tree in Bent Tree (click photo for larger image)

 

Smoke Signals Article on Bent Tree’s New GM

Click here to link to an article in the December edition of the Smoke Signals about Bent Tree’s new General Manager.  Quoting from the article…“It’s a debt free community,” Fowler said. “That’s really exciting and one of the three top reasons I came here.” 

As a Bent Tree property owner, the fact that Bent Tree is a debt free community is one of the top three reasons I came here, too.