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Diamondhead residents see opposition to proposed POA changes

Supporters of Proposition 3 (Photo source: WLOX) Supporters of Proposition 3 (Photo source: WLOX)
This group of residents is leading a campaign to oppose Proposition 3 (Photo source: WLOX) This group of residents is leading a campaign to oppose Proposition 3 (Photo source: WLOX)
DIAMONDHEAD, MS (WLOX) -

Diamondhead has been through several changes in the past few years. One of the biggest was the community's incorporation. Now, some residents are saying that the city's Property Owners Association needs some changes as well.

Several residents are hoping their voices will be heard in an upcoming meeting for the POA in Diamondhead.

"We're concerned that there's not enough democracy on the POA board," said Peggy Dutton.

In May, Dutton led the way in introducing a proposition that she hoped would make a difference.

Proposition 3 would reduce the number of board members from 11 to seven. It would also enact a biennial vote to either re-elect or replace any or all of the seven members.

"So that those who are satisfactory stay on, and those who people don't want are removed easily," Dutton said.

According to Dutton, several factors have led to the drafting of this proposition. One being that the board has control of property owners' due money, and Dutton says the property owners have no control over the board.

Jack O'Neal said his dues have gone up, and his amenities and services have gone down.

"I'd like to know where all that money's going," said O'Neal.

Former board member John Yarbrough said that's simply not the case.

"Our financial statements are audited annually. The financial statements are published in the Diamondhead News," said Yarbrough.

Yarbrough argued the current number of board members allows for a diverse mix, and reducing that would be a mistake. He and several other former board members are fronting a campaign to oppose Proposition 3.

"If they don't like the amenities and they don't like the POA dues, I say just leave," said former board member Jerry Peppenger.

According to Peppenger, the board has been running successfully for more than 40 years. He said changing the POA bylaws wouldn't make any sense at this point. Especially because the bylaws begin to expire in 2020.

"Then, we'll have to decide. It's going to take 85 percent of the people here to decide what we're going to do," Peppenger said.

That decision could mean the end of the POA. Until then, the property owners will have to decide what the association will look like. The vote is being held at the annual membership meeting on June 20.

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