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LyndaS
(Arizona)

Posts:6


09/22/2005 4:21 PM  
Can the board raise the monthly fee's if they do not have a quorum member vote at the annual meeting? Can they use the proxy votes to make the quorum?
JackJ
(Florida)

Posts:40


09/23/2005 1:43 PM  
Proxies are used for those who are unable to attend the meeting but wish to vote by assigning someone to cast their vote for them by "proxy".
Proxies usually include specific issues and nominees on them, the same as for those who attend the meeting in person. On matters other than those on the proxy it usually allows the proxy to vote however they feel. I would say definately yes to your question about a quorum.
Proxies count equally as an in person vote does provided they are completed in accordance with the rules for the proxy; signed, dated, etc.
LyndaS
(Arizona)

Posts:6


09/26/2005 11:03 AM  
Thank you JackJ for answering my question. I'm new here so I'm sure I'll have more questions in the future.
AudreyB
(Florida)

Posts:104


10/07/2005 1:48 PM  
Hello from Soggy Florida,

This is story is one for the books. I went to my annual meeting last night. There were six homeowner's in attendance who, were not board members or on a committee. In all only twenty people attended this meeting. Twenty votes and one proxy, out of 276 homeowner's voted in the new board members. So,tell me, did we have a quorum for the votes? Also, doesn't our ballots need to be notarized?

Why such a terrible turn out? These homeowner's over the years have been in one way or another have been intimidated, retaliated against, verbally assaulted by one or several members from the board of directors, and just don't care anymore. If they do care, they are afraid to say something. I wish there was a law against such a practice.

I've been on the board before, I always treated everyone with respect, because that's the way I want the homeowner to treat me.

So, those of you who serve on the board, remember to always treat the homeowner's with respect no matter what. You'll never know when one of them will serve on the board and may treat you the same way you treated them, or you will need them to help the board in some capacity in the future.

Audrey

AudreyB
(Florida)

Posts:104


10/22/2005 9:18 AM  
Audrey stands corrected. We have 269 homes in our Association. We had 25 people at the Annual Meeting.

Did we have enough for a quorum to open the meeting?
Did we have a quorum to vote in new Board members?

Then, the President is requesting homeonwer's to to bid on certain tasks. Like, data entry. Which was a volunteer job. Since no one had volunteered for the job, have to hire and pay someone.

Can the Association hire member's of their Association?
If so, does a data entry person have to be licensed and insured?

I look foward to your feed back.

Thank you,
Audrey
RogerM
(Florida)

Posts:18


10/22/2005 1:03 PM  
Audrey

I have been grateful for your replies to my previous contributions. Not least because your situation appears to most similar to my own. I'm in Florida. My community is made up of 300 homeowners. I have a "Board" which bully's and has forgotten basic democratic principles.

Most of your questions should be answered in your Articles and By Laws. The State of Florida recommends a minimum quorum of 30% for any actions to be taken. In your case that would mean that you did not have a quorum and therefore no decisions can be taken at the meeting and no members can be elected to the Board. It is unclear whether the Florida Statute has the force of obligatory law or is just a recommendation. I am seeing my attorney hoping for enlightenment on this point on Monday.

As always I include in my postings the usual questions. Our By Laws state that the Board must be elected annually. Every year at the Annual Meeting a quorum ( in my case 90 persons / proxies) is never achieved. Does anyone know how the Board remains in office? No election occurs because we don't have a quorum and the same people remain on the Board. - this has gone on for at least seven years in my case. I need hardly say that there is prima facie evidence (nothing provable in court) that the Board does very nicely out of their position and therefore it is reasonably obvious why they do not wish any independent persons to get on the Board.

Another question for my attorney but if anyone can offer some insight I would be most grateful.
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