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Regarding the Feb. 6 vote on the Twin Lakes amenities agreement: I urge Twin Lakes residents to vote yes.

The quorum is much smaller for the second vote (this time it’s only 30 percent of homeowners). But to ensure that the amenities agreement passes, we’ll need a two-thirds majority. Those of us who favor the agreement need to be sure to vote. We can do that now (I did) by filling out our proxies, assigning our votes to the “Board of Directors,” and mailing them to the TLHOA.

Some people who support the amenities agreement say that if it doesn’t pass, the Twin Lakes Golf and Country Club will close. Nobody knows that for sure. Still, without the amenities agreement, we face an uncertain future. TLGCC doesn’t have enough cash flow to operate beyond September. So we have a choice: Support the amenities agreement and preserve what we have (the known), or let the chips fall where they may, and face the unknown.

What will happen if the agreement fails? Again, we don’t know. TLGCC could be purchased and become a public course. Or the current voting members (most of whom don’t live in Twin Lakes) could choose to sell the property to a developer. That scenario would most likely result in a fight similar to what Northshore golf club has faced. No, their golf course isn’t being developed — for now — but at what cost? “Save NE Tacoma” raised $300,000 to pay for an attorney to help oppose development. So far they’ve been successful, based on a Jan. 7 ruling that prohibits development. They’ve dodged the bullet for the time being (it’s not over — the developer may appeal). Northshore’s ultimate future remains an uncertainty. In the meantime, who will pay thousands of dollars to maintain the course in its present condition? If the answer is “nobody,” what then?

The proposed Twin Lakes amenities agreement will cost each homeowner $25 per month. Personally, I think that’s a great value considering the benefits we’ll get: The use of the club, plus preservation of our home values. I’m not insensitive to the hardship that places on people who are on a limited or fixed income. But here’s the problem: Without the $25 per month amenities agreement, we could end up paying as much, or more, in the long run. And if we end up in a fight like Northshore, the only person who will benefit will be one lucky attorney.

That’s not a prediction, but it’s a possibility I’m not willing to risk. Let’s vote to approve the Twin Lakes amenities agreement.

Kay Miller, Twin Lakes

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