Just How Important Is It That You Attend A Board Meeting?
If you've never attended a Board of Directors meeting, then you are not taking advantage of your right to observe and participate in the decision-making process that protects, preserves and enhances your community's assets and, ultimately, your property values.
If you realized what kind of business is handled at a Board meeting, and the important role that you, as a homeowner, play in making those decisions, then you just might change your mind and chose to attend a meeting.
Most of the business decisions made at a board meeting have a direct impact on the property values of our community. Decisions regarding association maintenance items are the most common. Some decisions have an indirect effect, such as decisions regarding rules and regulations and financial operations. But whether they influence property values directly or indirectly they all have some impact on our community, and as a member of the community, they affect you.
There are three different phases of a Board meeting. The Business Meeting, at which the board discusses and makes decisions based on a pre-established meeting agenda. The Homeowners Open Forum, where homeowners (like you!) can address the Board with your ideas, comments and/or suggestions pertaining to our community, and the Executive Session, which is conducted without homeowners present in order to discuss issues related to legal issues, personnel issues and/or non-compliance hearings.
Homeowners can attend the Business Meeting, but they are not allowed to speak to the Board during this portion of the Board meeting. Homeowners are encouraged to attend in order to observe only.
During the Homeowners Open Forum, homeowners are permitted to address the Board for a limited time period. An important point to remember is that although important issues may be brought to the Boards attention during Open Forum, don't expect the Board to act on these issues at this time. Many issues are turned over to management for research and to determine the options available for dealing with the issues. The more prepared the Board is before making a decision, the better the decision will be.
Homeowners are not allowed to attend the Executive Session. Sensitive legal, personnel and/or hearing issues are dealt with during Executive Session.
The Florida Legislature has recognized the importance of providing homeowners with the opportunity to their community by passing legislation requiring homeowners be given a period of time to address the Board at the regularly scheduled Board meeting. Isn't it time you recognized how important it is too!