Why make it advisory?
Why make it advisory? If the RMA puts it to a vote of the membership, then the vote stands and the Association should respond in kind. There is no precedent for an "advisory" vote! Lets stop wasting the Associations time, funds and energy. I am confident the membership will vote to make it optional at which time the Board must take immediate action to stop charging the membership. The rest will take care of itself.
Another Urban Legend I have heard is that some people have been told that if the Cable goes away, the dues will increase. Anyone spouting this information is not representing the facts. What the Board and Committee should be focusing on right now, it to separate all the true costs the RMA incurs to keep this system running. The costs should include time spent by the GM (Greg Vorster said he spent half of his time on the Cable so lets adjust the GM's salary), Administration (billing, handling customer complaints, scheduling repairs, contract administration, etc.), RMA direct labour (including the general maintenance staff), contracts (Justin's cost), vehicles, service agreements, etc. All of these costs need to be reduced or go away. My rough estimation is that this should reflect a dues reduction in the neighborhood of 45%. But they have to include all the costs and not hide them.
Michael F. Burnett