More than 60 residents attended Tuesday night's meeting. (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
Not everyone got the answers for which they were looking. (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
EL MIRAGE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -
Some unhappy homeowners are taking a stand against their homeowners association.
Dozens of residents from the West Valley's Rancho El Mirage community attended an HOA board meeting Tuesday night. They wanted to know why the HOA is requiring more than 700 homeowners to paint their houses.
Not everyone got the answers for which they were looking.
"What I saw from the board is that they like to make excuses, but don't have solutions," homeowner Jerry Dawson said.
More than 60 homeowners attended the HOA board meeting, which was held at Surprise Elementary School.
One homeowner said it will cost her $2,000 to paint her house. Tiffany Collier is a pregnant school teacher who said she can't afford the cost of painting her house.
The HOA board has offered to give Collier and other homeowners a one-year extension.
"It's going to be quite hard because I am a teacher, and I don't make a lot of money," Collier said. "It means I have to choose between getting a pool gate for my ... child or paint my home."
The Community Management Group, which manages the HOA, had informed residents that grants and other financial aid was available to anyone with a financial hardship. However, homeowners were told at the board meeting that the city of El Mirage is no longer offering financial assistance, and there is no other aid available to offset the cost of painting.
Sen. Debbie Lesko, R-Peoria, was at the board meeting to help homeowners get some answers.
"It's hard for me to believe that 45 percent of all homes need to be repainted," Lesko said.
Board members spent more than an hour answering questions, trying to address everyone's concerns.
Homeowners were told the HOA board does not want to create any hardships and will work with any homeowner who needs assistance.
Hundreds of homeowners have already painted their homes and insist that it will be good for the neighborhood.
"There are some homes that are very, very bad," homeowner David Sausneck said. "I think it will benefit everybody in the long run."
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