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Twenty six cents can be put towards:* The Grace Inside Prison Ministry in Fluvanna County for Women who are often without hope, * Oral Re-hydration Packets to save the lives of children in third world countries, * Mosquito nets to save African children from malaria, * a meal for the food bank, * part of a meal for Meals on Wheels, *food to be put in the backpack of a child for the weekend who otherwise might not eat, *Tent schools provided by UNICEF for Syrian refugee children who have nothing else, * food for needy families of patients in Charlottesville hospitals provided by the Interfaith Humanitarian Sanctum, and the list goes on... or 26 cents a day can provide funding for a luxurious new building on the golf course at Lake Monticello. We might want to think about our priorities.

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The Lake Monticello Owners’ Association vote on the new expansion will benefit some members much more than others. The greatest financial gain from this $7.2 million project goes to those homeowners on or near the golf course and to golf enthusiasts.
The rest will face escalating water bills and property taxes, and an unexpected permanent 14 percent increase in dues, plus a 3 percent annual increase. We will see more foreclosures than ever when these increases take effect, and potential buyers of homes under $200,000 will balk at the excessive LMOA dues on top of higher taxes and utilities.
It will harm those living on Social Security or other fixed pensions, which will not jump 14 percent plus 3 percent per year. It will also harm those living outside the gates because any increases in their property values will never match the permanent increase in LMOA dues. It will not benefit those members who can’t afford green fees, or that majority of survey responders who said they mostly use the clubhouse, playgrounds, picnic areas and the lake, and seldom visit the golf location. It is amazing that they are not already protesting the underwriting of the golf course with their homeowner dues by $250,000 yearly for the last several years.
We do not yet know the full financial impact of this project. The operating expenses for a larger golf complex will naturally go up and have to be budgeted for. We do not have insurance on the dam and are not clear on the costs or the coverage we will be faced with, even as we are spending most of our emergency set-asides. We know that the costs this project will generate over the next 10 years will require more income than is currently projected. We will likely be faced with future demands for assessments or dues that we will have little choice but to approve.

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Fluvanna drivers: Please use your turn signals. It is the law and you are to turn on your signal 100 feet before the turn.Distance between cars: there is to be one car length for every 10 miles you are driving. Following too close can cause serious injury to you, your passenger and possibly others on the road.

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I would like to express with deep gratitude, the cards, phone messages, food and personal visits, which led to my healthy and speedy recovery. The journey has been hastened by all these corporal works of mercy. P.S.-Please vote for the R & R.

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Although I am a relative newcomer to Fluvanna County, I met our retiring Clerk of the Circuit Court Bouson E. Peterson Jr., early in the 1990s. I was deeply impressed then and have been ever since with his remarkable dedication to his job and to the people of Fluvanna County. B.E. Peterson epitomizes for me what a public servant should be. We will greatly miss his wise counsel and service to our citizens, and I wish him a well-deserved retirement after many eventful years in office. As he said in his retirement statement, “This office has been far, far more than a mere job to me for the last almost 26 years... It has become my life.” Anyone who knows B.E. Peterson will understand completely how true that statement is.
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