For many of the readers of TOSC, you know the RCSC is proposing a $29 increase to the annual lot assessment in 2023. Some of you have attended meetings and know the increase was buried in the proposed passage of the 2023 budget. Rather than just telling the membership they wanted more money, they hid it in the motion. By the way, the motion was defeated as 5 directors said no, "you don't need the money." Now we have come to find out one of the directors leaving the board will change his vote in a "reconsideration." The question is did he vote it down because it was wrong, or because he didn't know what he was doing? In the end, it doesn't matter, because as he runs out the door he will do what they ask him to do (maybe he will prove me wrong and i will quickly and loudly apologize). After years of no increase, a $29 hike isn't the end of the world. $525 for a couple is cheap. $525 for a single home owners isn't, and in fact is higher than what a single owner will pay in Sun City West (they are still on per person assessments, it's more fair). As a heads up, i will be asking any board member at Thursday's meeting to have readily available the number of single home owners paying the soon to be $525. Another stat we never see or hear. So we are clear, i will be speaking against the motion. I know the 5 board members supporting the increase don't care, but my comments will be directed at the millions and millions of those who will be watching at home. Okay, so i am exaggerating a bit but i couldn't resist the line used so often by the Rock. I've never been opposed to increases we need. NEVER. While on the board, i voted for them. The one thing i demanded as a board member was for the general manager to explain why we needed it. It was never simply because SHE wanted it. I wanted to know what it was going to be used for: * How much would be used to enhance clubs requests? * How much was going towards communication and member outreach? * How much was going towards employee salaries? * How large an increases were management getting and were there bonuses? * How much was being set aside in the reserve account? * How much was being used to subsidize golf? (Nope never did tell us that). These are all valid reasons to increase our annual fees. I don't see any answers posted anywhere justifying the $29 raise. Perhaps the board and or the budget and finance committee knows the answers. The real question is; why wouldn't the members being asked to pay it be told? Here's the real kicker and let me shout it so you all are aware of what a shameless money grab this is: EVEN WITH THIS HYPER INFLATION THE RCSC HAS BEEN WHINING ABOUT, IN CALENDAR YEAR 2022, THEY ADDED 2 MILLION DOLLARS TO THEIR CARRY FORWARD FUND. SAY FREAKING WHAT? Two million dollars they had in hand and didn't spend. Yet they claim their are 4000 items on the list that need to be addressed. Why are we waiting? The GM told me point blank; he wants more money in the bank. Why? I know, he sees us as a business and not as a community. I get it. That's why the board is elected by the membership, to be his boss. Sadly they have bought the argument, they work for him. Until that changes, nothing in Sun City will change.