SPARKS — The D’Andrea Homeowners Association has postponed its deadline for residents to vote on a proposal to increase monthly dues in order to help pay down a $146,000 outstanding water bill on the neighborhood’s public golf course.
Homeowners now have until noon on March 7 to approve the $28 hike or risk the closure of 18 holes, according to resident Merl Coon.
The decision to extend the deadline comes after ballots were mailed later than intended.
Though no votes will be counted until the deadline, Coon said that 934 of the 1,200 homeowners had already cast their ballot as of Thursday.
Those residents who support the dues increase believe the golf course is a vital component of the D’Andrea community, propping up home values in an otherwise down real estate market.
“(The course) is what makes this area attractive,” resident Jim Heryford told the Sparks Tribune in January. “You can’t take away one of the stools this area stands on.”
Others, however, are concerned that the golf course debt reflects systemic management problems that are not likely to be resolved so easily.
Moreover, many residents are retired, out of work and living on fixed incomes, Coon said.
“Basically, we think it’s unfair,” he added.
Coon has led the charge against the dues increase, enlisting the support of about 40 homeowners. The group has placed yard signs and distributed flyers around the neighborhood urging a ‘no’ vote.
Coon said it was the golf course management’s “take it or leave it” approach that really gave him and other homeowners cause for concern.
“We’d all like to see the golf course open,” he said, adding that better options might exist to do so.
Though there is no way of knowing at this point how the vote will turn out, Coon is confident that his side will emerge victorious.
“We feel like we have the upper hand,” he said.