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SunLand dispute appears over

The long-running saga involving the SunLand Owners Association and the SunLand Golf and Country Club appears to be over, according to leaders from both sides.

The golf club will continue its efforts to control costs while retaining and increasing membership without assistance from the subdivision's homeowners, said Jim Ratliff, president of the SunLand Golf and Country Club.

In September, the SunLand Golf and Country Club proposed assessing SunLand homeowners $300 annually to prevent the golf course from closing, which could reduce property values by as much as one-third, according to assessment supporters.

SLOA President Sabra De Rocha said a March 16 vote against assessing SunLand Owners Association members to support the SunLand Golf and Country Club should settle the issue.



'Probably the end'

"This is probably the end of it; we'll see, but never speak for what others want to do.

"I suspect things will continue business as usual, which is what we've been trying to do."

De Rocha declined to give the final vote but did say it wasn't unanimous.

Charging the assessment would have required changing the subdivision's covenants, conditions and restrictions in three places, she said.

"Changing the CCRs requires another vote of the entire SLOA population of 844 homes and 66.7 percent to approve it.

"There's just no way that it makes any kind of sense to spend homeowners' money for that."



Declining membership

Ratliff said the petition seeking to assess the home-owners was submitted based upon an extensive mail survey in December.

He said 55 percent of the 800 households responded and a majority wanted to support the golf club in some way.

"The SLOA board reviewed that and decided not to support the golf course. As a result, we accept their decision. We respect their decision," Ratliff said.

"We were disappointed for two reasons: This complicates our financial problems, although it's not the end of the road, and the homeowners as a whole were not given a chance to vote," he said.

The country club has 195 members, a number that has declined 50 percent since 2001, including 48 members who have left since February 2009.



Reach Brian Gawley at bgawley@sequimgazette.com.



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