HARTFORD- Representative Arthur J. O’Neill (R-69) joined State Senator Rob Kane, and Scott Sandler, President of the Community Associations Institute, for a discussion on the measure he has introduced this year which would provide a more democratic process for unit owners in common ownership communities who vote on budget questions before those communities. The event was held on Wednesday, January 16th, at the Sarah Cook Hall in Heritage Village.
O'Neill's bill requires that in order for a condominium community budget to be rejected, a majority of unit owners voting must vote to reject it, instead of a majority of total unit owners. It also requires that the number voting to reject it must exceed 1/3 of the total unit owners. This qualification would prevent small and unrepresentative populations from blocking what would otherwise be a satisfactory budget.
"This bill is meant to protect and enhance the democratic process at Southbury's Heritage Village and all condominiums throughout the state," said Rep. O'Neill.
"We'll continue to press this issue because it boils down to fairness," Sen. Kane said. "Those who vote should have their votes counted. This bill enables condominium owners to regain control over their management. The right to vote down the budget by majority of votes cast will keep costs in check and improve efficiency.”
The forum focused on the current Common Interest Ownership Act (CIOA) and Rep. O'Neill's proposed changes which are now included in Proposed Bill 5231, An Act Concerning the Budget and Special Assessment Approval Process in Common Interest Communities. The bill is currently before the legislature's Judiciary Committee.
O'Neill indicated that he is currently in discussion with committee members as well as the office of Governor Dannel P. Malloy to work on resolving the issues that led to the veto last session of a similar bill.
"I am hopeful that we can attain passage and the governor's signature for the bill this year," said Rep. O'Neill.
This session of the Connecticut General Assembly adjourns on June 5th, 2013.