We currently live in a HOA.
Before the pandemic, while we were still at work, I actively engaged in conversations with liberal coworkers trying to warn them and using my HOA as an example.
What happened in our HOA?
My wife was on the board of directors.
They were able to find ways to get things done without increasing dues and the reserves were growing.
When reserves grew enough the board was able to start thinking about starting a major repair job on the building. Something that had to be done.
So the board of directors sent out a packet explaining the work and potential costs and warned the HOA that a special assessment will be needed.
Instantly some of the homeowners became outraged. Why so much money, they asked. And opportunists started to suggest that the board was asking for money to steal for themselves.
Fliers with accusations were hung all around the building, secret meetings were held. Homeowners were told they will be better off with a new board that will make sure the project costs are lower. The “opposition” started a recall petition to remove the existing board of directors.
A recall vote was held and majority of the HOA voted to remove the existing board. Celebrations ensued.
Then came time to elect a new board of directors.
Fliers were hung telling people who to vote for and which apartments they should go to for ballot filling out parties.
An election was held to elect a new board of directors. One of the “leaders” of the opposition brought about 50% of the ballots to the election herself. And her supporters were the only people allowed to stand at the table to count the ballots.
We also learned that one of her supporters came to the office of the independent elections inspector before the election ballot count.
Funnily enough “the leader” didn’t get elected, and looked very surprised at the meeting. 2 days later they recounted the ballots in secret without allowing other homeowners to observe, and like magic they found an error and she was elected and became president of the board of directors.
Soon after all homeownes lost access to any and all documentation, including financial statements and contracts.
Then the new board, while continuing to blame the previous board for everything, fired all of the vendors hired by previous board, got their own vendors and started looking into the repair project.
2 years later they produced a packet saying that the repairs are going to cost 3 times more than the previous board was asking for in the assessment.
People had to pay. Same people that voted to remove the previous board came to my wife and asked what they should do now… her response was “Well, this is what you voted for, and since you just had us removed you should know how to remove any board”. The sheeple didn’t do anything.
Project went on for about 6 months longer than originally anticipated, and they issued another special assessment for another $5K per unit for overages. They apparently blew through the 15% contingency.
Project is done and no one except the “president” of the board of directors has access to financial data on how the money was spent.
The regular election for board members was delayed until after the project was done.
Meanwhile, that same president remodeled her unit.
That president didn’t even run for the new board, and instead sold her unit and moved out… so did some of her most loyal supporters.
And the rest of her supporters are now stuck with very high HOA dues, paying off the balances of 3 times the cost of the project.
All because they trusted liars without asking for any proof of any accusations
Want me to tell you how Biden presidency will be if he actually gets in?