Martinez: Arguments against Title 33 in Sun City are nonsense

After opening to read the weekly newspaper, I was suddenly enraged.

There was a picture of our legislator Kevin Payne smiling at us as he promptly laid out the biggest pile of stuff I have ever come across.

Carole Martinez

Mind you, I’ve followed the board and managements comments regarding Title 33 and they’ve been disturbing. This time it was over the top, as his statements took us to a place where if he hadn’t stepped in to save us, Sun City and its glorious history would be gone forevermore.

Here’s a couple of the whoppers he told.

“In September 2018, a ruling by the Superior Court of Arizona put Sun City’s 55-plus age restrictions in jeopardy, which could end more than a half century of charm and identity the community brought to Arizona.” There is 0 percent chance of jeopardy regarding our age restricted status. That is a function of Sun City Home Owners Association enforcing the age overlay, not the Recreation Centers of Sun City.

“This is a problem for Arizona and the future of active adult communities across the country — something must be done to protect Sun City.” Really, dude, not just Arizona, but across the country? There are 94 age restricted communities in Arizona, all but two operate under Title 33 and none have gone out of business because of that.

“This is important because it means children of a Sun City homeowner could inherit their parent’s property and immediately begin living in the house, no matter their age.” This one is the “king” of the bunch of bovine smoldering excrement. The community has the right under Title 33 to set who lives in the house and there is nothing that mandates they let people under 55 move in. They can own the home, but they will not be able to move in now if under the age of 55.

Using our history to support the bill is BS. Our history is filled with a process of community involvement and only of late has the RCSC general manager and board worked to diminish that role by rewriting our documents.

Carole Martinez

Sun City

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