Why we must continue the
fight for passage of the CFA!
After five years of hard work and inadequate success, why do we continue
to fight to replace CUFFA with the Cabin Fee Act (CFA)? As leadership
organizations, the National Forest Homeowners (NFH) and the Cabin
Coalition 2 (C2) have a responsibility to advocate for all
cabin owners throughout the country. It is the NFH mission statement!
While all cabin owners suffer from the anxiety and uncertainty the CUFFA
appraisal process creates, there are more than 15% of the cabin owners who are
truly harmed by the current appraisal cycle. They were unlucky to be early in
the appraisal cycle and often unlucky to be near fancy resort areas, and
unlucky to not be able to benefit from the past four years of C2 and NFH’s
appraisal educational efforts. These unlucky folks deserve support from all of
us! Ten percent (10%) of all cabins will have annual fees greater than $5000
and another 5% simply cannot afford the large increases this round of
appraisals generated. Many are being forced to sell and will be lucky if
they find a wealthy buyer. If cabins are sold only to the wealthy, what happens
to the ‘Cabin in the Woods’ nature of the Program? This is what we are
defending as we work to save that 15%.
Without the CFA, our research projects that 8-10% of all cabins will be
lost in the next few years, reducing our numbers and weakening the Recreation
Residence Program. Will you be just as unlucky in the next appraisal
cycle? Regardless of how fortunate you have been in the current CUFFA appraisal
cycle, you may get burned in the next. How you fare will be a roll of the dice.
For the Program’s future and for individual cabin owners, we must all continue
to work together!
Replacing CUFFA with the CFA is good for all cabin owners and the Forest
Service as well, since under the CFA the appraisal process goes away!
All cabin owners will then have predictable fees, indexed annually for
inflation. The Forest Service will save a lot of time, money and administrative
heartburn, plus the taxpayers get a fair return on national resources. What’s
not to like about all of that?
However, getting a law through Congress takes not only patience but a
firm financial commitment. The C2/CFA effort has been costly. Lobbying costs
are high. Gratefully, we have received donations from our partners, tract
associations and individual cabin owners, all concerned about the future of the
Recreation Residence Program. Contributions have been sufficient so far, but
the $20,000 remaining will not carry C2 through 2013, nor will it cover the
necessary work that will follow in monitoring the development of the Rules
& Regulation required to properly implement the law. This process will
likely take another two years!
No, we are not done but we are making progress and with your help
we can all win. So please consider making a non-deductible financial
contribution to the C2 effort. Donations can be made online at the secure NFH
website. Sign-In today at www.nationalforesthomeowners.org and click on Donations. Or make donations by
check, made out to NFH, but please note "C2 Donation” on the memo line.
Barbara Warnock, NFH Database Manager
541 West Santa Clara Ave.
Ana, CA 92706
(phone) 714-836-7442(Fax) 714-547-1774
Thank You and Thanks for your Support!
Pete Bailey, C2 Steering Committee