GM: Governing Board deserves your support
By Mike Whiting
General Manager, RCSCW
I have been the General Manager here in Sun City West for nearly eight years, so I have worked with eight different Governing Boards. In a 40 year career, I have seen City Councils come and go – some good, some not so good.
There is a small “grass roots” movement to recall the current Governing Board led by a few seemingly unhappy residents. I know these folks and must express my disappointment in their motivation. Nevertheless, it is their right under our governing documents to pursue their beliefs. That much I support.
This group wants to paint the Board as misguided, secretive spend thrifts. Nothing could be further from the truth.
I would remind our residents that your dues increases have been conservative and have in the past been raised to increase our reserves. Your dues remain at the 25th percentile for communities like ours. You need only to cross the street to find dues much higher supporting fewer amenities. I would also remind you that our employees got no raises this year (and modest raises for several years prior to that). Managers’ wages were flat for two of the last 3 years, and I have taken no raise for four years in a row (I also gave back $10,000 two years ago).
When the gymnasium was proposed, the Board said “no” not once, but twice. The response was slow and gave the impression that they were considering the project. They were not.
The Board is wisely spending your dues to maintain the Del Webb concept and using long lasting materials and equipment to keep the Community attractive and updated.
No Governing Board has been more open. I have a motto: “We have no secrets here.” Our Board lives by this pledge as well. They hold six open meetings each month. The only closed meetings are executive sessions (allowed under state law and our Bylaws) to consider advice from our attorney, or private member or employee information.
In addition we have email, Comment Forms, E-News blasts, Rec Center News, the Blog, Facebook and articles like this one all designed to keep lines of communication open. Most of these tools are above and beyond what is required in our Bylaws.
Please be wary of negative comments, claims of misuse, misspending; they are almost always exaggerated or completely false. And don’t believe rumors about how much dues are being increased; nothing has even been proposed yet.
Your Governing Board works hard. They deserve your support.