Please vote "YES, I agree" on your Cable TV survey. This is your chance to tell the RMA Board that you no longer want your dues to pay for a business venture that is no longer needed. There was a time, 30 years ago, when it made sense to operate a small cable TV operation because it was the only way to provide TV to the community. That time is long past. Cable TV and satellite TV is now a fast changing, highly technical business. This business requires skilled management and well trained technical personnel to operate. The Rancho Murieta cable business has neither.
It is time to get rid this system which is causing your dues to go up every year. Alternatively, the people who want and use the system should be willing to pay for it. RMA has told you that the system costs each member about $30 a month to run. The truth is, no one knows how high the real cost is because all the expenses are not included in the "official" cost. RMA has no incentive to run an efficient business because they have a monopoly. You are going to pay regardless of how inefficiently the business is run.
Would one of the big cable operators bring service out here if we had a choice? I fear we will never find out as long as the Board is determined to operate this business.
When you read your "ballot" you will see 6 reasons why the Board says they can't make cable optional. Wouldn't it have been refreshing if they had given 3 impediments to making it optional and 3 other options that could be explored that would get the job done. We could find a way to make it optional if we had 4 Board members who wanted to make it happen.
We should have a choice just like every other community in Sacramento county. No one should be forced to pay for an inferior product.