PAYING BOARD MEMBERS? BAD IDEA!
November 27, 2015
Enacting a bill allowing associations
to pay board members for their “services” will definitely
attract more candidates for the next annual meeting with
elections. But would that be the kind of candidates we really
Let’s make no mistake: There are
already too many board members who are serving for one reason
only: POWER HUNGER!
Now we are discussing to add another
motif for owners running for office: GREED?
Personally, I don’t think it’s a great
idea to even consider paying board members.
I might consider changing my mind if
this plan comes with the requirement of a license and the
removal of the “Business Judgment Rule” defense for board
People who get paid for their “work”
should as well be held liable for their actions – not being
indemnified no matter what serious and/or costly mistakes they
Payment is only a good idea if you
have qualified people you are going to pay.
But board members who are in office
motivated by POWER HUNGER and/or GREED are
definitely not the folks owners want to see on the board as
officers. Their motivation alone prevents them from serving the
community in the best interest of the association members.
||Jan Bergemann is president of Cyber Citizens For Justice,
's largest state-wide property owners' advocacy group.
CCFJ works on legislation to help owners living in
associations. He moved to
in 1995 - hoping to retire. He moved into a HOA, where the
developer cheated the homeowners and used the association dues
for his own purposes. End of retirement!
CCFJ was born in the year 2000, when some owners met in
- finding out that power is only in numbers. Bergemann was a
member of Governor Jeb Bush's HOA Task force in 2003/2004.
The organization has two websites to inform interested
homeowners and condo owners:
News Website: http://www.ccfj.net/.
Educational Website: http://www.ccfjfoundation.net/.
We think that only owners can really represent owners, since all
service providers surely have a different interest! We are
trying to create owner-friendly laws, but the best laws are
useless without enforcement. And enforcement is totally lacking