Recreation Centers of Sun City West General Manager Bill Schwind has scheduled Budget Forums and invites the community to attend to learn about the proposed fiscal plan for 2021-22.
The sessions will be held in the Social Hall, but also livestreamed and recorded for YouTube.
The sessions are:
- 9 a.m. Wednesday, April 14.
- 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 15.
Schwind will give a PowerPoint presentation about the proposed operations and capital budget, including owner member dues, Asset Preservation Fee, golf and bowling fees. The budget is not yet final, as the Governing Board will not approve it until its regular meeting in May. There will be time for questions from members.
Community members are encouraged to attend one of these sessions to provide input and ask questions.
Why do you have these budget sessions. We all know what will happen – you’ll raise the dues 10% because you can (like any government entity) and divide it up so it will be spent on MAYBE a few necessary things, but it will be spent.
Where can I find/get a current “draft” of the 2020-21 budget? Attending a meeting or streaming event is not enough time for review. Thanks. Also, how many residents will be allowed to attend the budget forums?
Ditto to Bill Weavers request. Would like to look at draft before live meeting.
Hello Bill. The general manager’s presentation for these budget sessions is still being worked on but it will be posted online for residents to see prior to the sessions.
Thank you for your reply scwdigital. But, I would guess the financial committee has already presented the FY 21-22 budget to the GB for approval. In an effort for more transparency and to generate more important questions at the budget presentations (other than why have the dues increased) residents should have access to that draft in a timely manner. The budget draft is separate from the GM’s powerpoint that is being worked on from the budget (which he does not develop).
My second question was not addressed. How many residents will be allowed to attend the in-person budget presentations?
Hi Bill. There is no capacity limit set for those attending in-person.
Reviewing the budget is only half of the mission. An independent accounting firm needs to make a complete review of the annual spending specifically the bidding process to ensure multiple bids are retained and then work is spread out among multiple vendors to ensure fairness and cost containment. My guess is a preview of the new budget will not be forthcoming until the actual day of the presentation. Until we are assured spending is managed in an fair and equitable manner we have to assume it is not. Millions of dollars are spent on a monthly basis which leaves lots of room for bidding fraud if not managed as outlined in the bylaws. Time to get a new set of eyes on the processes.
Is it possible to get a copy of the PowerPoint prior to the meeting? Also, as mentioned above, will a draft of the operating and capital budget be available prior to the presentation? Thank you. Myron Finegold
Hello Myron. The general manager’s presentation for these budget sessions is still being worked on but it will be posted online for residents to see prior to the sessions.
Why does RCSCW operate on a fiscal year (July-June) instead of a calendar year? This makes it difficult to compare other communities cost.
Why are RC assessments in SCW based per person as opposed to per household? It appears that RCSCW does have excess reserves which could reduce annual fees to per household.
I have heard more negative comments from various sources about money. The questions I have, involve critical thinking and analysis. For example, am I entitled as a registered member of PORA, Recreational Club member to see budgets and expenses? Do we have an open book policy? I do not want to mention the negative comments. Rather I would like to look at the financial statements. I would like to question expenses and form my own conclusions. Is this possible?