Cities, HOA officials discuss common problems: "Government and community leaders from Gilbert, Mesa, Chandler, Scottsdale and Tempe met at the Gilbert Community Center on Wednesday to discuss how municipalities and HOAs could work together more efficiently."
How cozy. As I read the article, it boils down to the city officials suggesting that it would be just so nice if people took their problems with barking dogs and dilapidated foreclosed homes to their friendly neighborhood HOA instead of bothering the city government. It would make things so neighborly and communal-like if they did that. And now we will all sing Kumbayah.
And that pretty much sums up my sense of where CIDs are headed in this country, in general. In reality they are becoming the lowest and least supported level of local government, but this is never acknowledged, either by government or the industry. Instead we hear all this fuzzy neighbor-community rhetoric that just blurs the edges of the use of power to extract money and compliance from people.