Town Home Residents Shocked By Assessment

About 60 town home owners in northwest Omaha received a shock in the mail recently. The homeowner’s association is requesting each pay a $300 special assessment.

Resident Tina Grubaugh said, “We didn’t know about where they were sitting financially. That’s the shocking thing about it. We suddenly get letters we got to buck up and pay to take care of this.”

The Stone Ridge East neighborhood near 162nd and Fort streets in Omaha owes the yard care and snow removal company nearly $20,000, with bills dating back to last October.

Celebrity Homes makes up the homeowners association because not enough town homes have been sold to add homeowners to the board.

The developer’s attorney Brian Doyle said, “I think it would have helped to keep residents better informed.” But Doyle said other town home associations are also facing fee hikes due to a bad winter two years ago. Doyle said, “The enormous amounts of snowfall the last two years have been a budget buster.”

Two thirds of the residents must approve the $300 special assessment. A meeting and vote are scheduled for 7pm April 20th at Concordia High School near 156th and Fort.

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