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Why form a local tract association?
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5/17/2019 at 7:15:18 PM GMT
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Why form a local tract association?

We are not part of a local organization, but our tract has discussed it. Why do tracts organize? 

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7/16/2019 at 9:36:57 PM GMT
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The Stahlman Summer Home tract, located in the Willamette National Forest in Oregon, has been organized since 1958. We are registered with the state as a mutual benefit corporation with a board comprised of four officers and nine directors. Depending on the size of your tract and the facilities the cabin owners are responsible for, it may be wise to organize. Our association owns a private water system, two security gates, and a foot bridge connecting two parts of our tract. We have also been responsible for the roads within the tract since the security gates were installed. As such, we need to have the resources to maintain these assets. Having a strong organizational structure allows us to collect dues, make the necessary expenditures, and recruit the volunteers needed to do the work. We have committees for the water system, maintenance, gates, & member services. Each committee has a chair and 4 - 6 committee members. While the initial effort to organize may seem daunting, I believe you will find it beneficial in the long term.

7/22/2019 at 7:44:14 PM GMT
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There are a number of reasons for tracts to organize. 

The most common reasons include a shared amenity or infrastructure, such as a road, a water system, or something that the group would need to assess a fee to use.  In these cases, it makes sense to consider incorporating as a non-profit association (NFH is a 501c4, typical of homeowners associations) and with that, to hold annual elections for officers. 

Other tracts organize for social reasons, to have potlucks, and to stay in touch. Often, these can evolve into emergency planning or fire safety groups.  In the end, those tracts which are already organized are most prepared to cope with a threat and to be a stronger voice when necessary.