PORA membership fee is well worth the price
A lot of people I talk with say that they aren’t overly excited about joining PORA, even though its annual fees is a minimal investment. There are various reasons they use, but the most common is, “What can they do for me that the Association can’t”? Over the past three years I have had discussions with residents and PORA staff regarding issues in our neighborhood. Some got resolved quickly and some took a little longer.
There is a definite line between what the Association and PORA are chartered to do regarding our community. PORA is our political arm. Examples of what it does for this community include its stance against APS when the utility wanted a substantial rate increase for solar users. PORA acted as an intervener at the Corporation Commission, speaking to keep our rates steady.
The most recent challenge is PORA’s stance against EPCOR’s support of sewage water consolidation efforts. Many of you attended PORA’s presentation last week. Some of you unfortunately were not able to attend due to fire marshal laws on facility space limitations.
PORA’s presentation defined why Sun City West should stand up against consolidation. More than 800 people turned out to hear this information. Sun City West Unite! was at the meeting in force, gathering petition signatures. I haven’t heard the final number they had signed, but I’m told most attendees did.
So, where am I going with this, you ask? If you sit back and think about what happens in our neighborhood, especially if politics are involved, you will see PORA leading the charge. After all, that is their charter. PORA’s membership is voluntary. Residents are not required to join. However, PORA membership fees are what pays the organization’s bills and allows its leaders to continue supporting us on political issues.
Now I have to ask, is that enough to want to join?