Walko: Some residents at mercy of bad leaders in Sun City

I read with interest your well-written article (“Enforcing CC&Rs a challenge,” Sun City Independent, April 24, 2019).

I noted that you wrote that a representative of the SCHOA and PORA in Sun City West attends 10-12 hours of classes just to keep up with changing laws and then must advise the many individual condo association boards. What your article did not consider, however, was the position of individual condo owners who may be at the mercy of uninformed, misguided and often egotistical, arrogant and perhaps pompous local board members.

I was fined $350 by the board of Circa Court in Sun City for having solar panels installed on my roof. The board president said that this “fine” was for breaking state law and the local condo bylaws. He refused to return my $350 even after I pointed out to him that Arizona Revised Statute 33-1816 superseded bylaws and that our bylaws had no limitations concerning solar panel devices at the time of the installation. I have been criticized for being selfish for causing a decrease in real estate values because “People think panels spoil the appearance of the roofs and thus lower real estate values.”

The fact of the matter is that at least four of our 31 units have been sold since, and all sold at full market value.

Charles Walko

Sun City

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