Difficult Choices Boards Need To Carefully Navigate Divisive Issues

 Decisions, decisions, decisions. Board members have to make them all the time,  from how money should be spent on repairs to what contractors should be hired.  

 Making decisions might seem easy, but deciding between two courses of action  when each seems plausible and has supporters behind it may not be as easy as it  seems –especially when board members and homeowners with strong personalities and  opinions are involved.  

 For example, perhaps the down economy has really strapped some residents  financially and they aren’t paying their dues. As a result, the association’s bottom line is teetering near the red and the board decides that it’s time to cut back on expenses. But how do they choose whether to savemoney by closing the pool or cutting back on landscaping maintenance?  

 One on hand, closing a pool can be a lost amenity that can affect quality of life. On the other hand, flowers can be replanted, but the association loses that great curb appeal that drew new  owners in the first place. In addition, some may argue that closing the pool would save the association more moneythan cutting back on landscape maintenance. What to do?

 Perhaps making a decision might be easier if it resulted in a more positive outcome. For example, there’s an empty a plot of land in the development and the board has decided to build something  on it. Should a new playground be built that the children and their parents can enjoy? Or should the board approve a gazebo and garden area, that is more peaceful and serene? What doesthe board do when there are strong supporters for both on the board?  

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