Thursday, March 6, 2008

Sections 2, 3 and 5: Why Vote?

Why take the time to vote for your section representative to the board?

You may believe in your heart that things in Kings Forest are doing just fine without you. That we have a board to take care of the nitty gritty, and committees to keep them focused on what the community wants.

But as we’re witnessing on the national stage, the fortunes of politicians – and entire communities – hinge on a few votes. Board positions in Kings Forest are determined by a handful of votes. Literally.

Few residents stop to think about the considerable power they give board representatives, who make decisions that directly impact the value of their home. They don’t ask for track records, or evidence of performance. They don’t ask questions when representatives are simply appointed midterm.

And they don’t volunteer to run for board positions.

But just like the nation appears to be breaking with past voting habits, so also must King Forest.

It’s not enough to have board members appointed or elected by a handful of votes. And it’s not enough to have incumbent board members keep their seats because no one will run.

This past year has been an opportunity for some of us to see the way things have been done in Kings Forest for the first time. We made it our core mission to work with the board, inform and encourage input from residents, surface concerns, offer solutions, and help execute positive steps toward change.

And we’ve made progress: we’ve convinced the board to recognize falling property values and look at improving the appearance of our neighborhood. We’ve convinced them to poll you on your thoughts about the pool, so we make the decision together about its future. We’ve convinced them to enforce deed restriction violations so we avoid costly litigation.

But it’s not been an easy journey for a bunch of volunteers. More important, it’s not sustainable to rely on volunteers to drive the board to act.

We need a board with knowledge, judgment and understanding; above all, a reasonableness that invites resident participation. We need a definitive break with our past.

We need you to help us take a step in the right direction. We ask you to vote for change on the board.