Association’s FY 2025 Draft Budget

The Association’s Fiscal Year runs May 1, 2024, through April 30, 2025. It is the Board of Director’s responsibility to develop and approve an operating budget each fiscal year. The proposed operating budget reflects the Columbia Association approved FY 2025 Annual Share of $315,000 and rental/lease income of $290,000. Operating expenses are estimated to total $686,000 with an allowance in legal fees for review of the Architectural Guidelines. The proposed budget will be discussed at the upcoming Board meetings in April and updated on the Village’s website at


FY24 Budget ($) FY24 Estimate($) FY25 Budget ($)
1.  CA 304,093 304,094 315,512
2.  Lease & Rental 289,200 290,000 290,800
3. Tuition & Enrollment 0 0 0
4.  Interest 750 5092 5100
5.  Special Events 3000 4,164 4,000
6.  Fees 0 0 0
7.  Miscellaneous 53,800 51,672 53,000
8.  Gain/Loss on Disp of Asset
TOTAL REVENUE 650,843 655,022 668,412
FY24 Budget ($) FY24 Estimate ($) FY25 Budget ($)
9.  Staff Salaries                                             315,000                                                            305,268                                    319,576
10.  Janitorial Salaries  0
11.  Contract Labor  0
12.  Payroll Benefits                                               35,100                                                              34,068                                       36,000
13.  Payroll Taxes                                               25,830                                                              22,778                                       25,566
14.  Janitorial Expenses                                               62,500                                                              60,716                                       61,250
15.  Fees                                               56,200                                                              42,415                                       49,750
16.  Operating Expenses                                               19,605                                                              14,424                                       14,500
17.  Business Expenses                                                 2,300                                                                    306                                            750
18.  Insurance                                               28,000                                                              44,238                                       48,125
19.  Advertising                                                 8,000                                                                 3,674                                         4,050
20.  Newsletter                                               43,000                                                              43,920                                       46,116
21.  Other Printing                                                 1,800                                                                          –                                            250
22.  Donations/Contributions                                                     500                                                                    200                                            500
23.  Special Events                                               12,000                                                                 5,700                                       10,000
24.  Taxes                                                     900                                                                          –                                            900
25.  Utilities                                               26,400                                                              25,458                                       26,731
26.  Repairs & Maintenance                                               27,900                                                              30,878                                       31,187
27.  Furniture & Fixtures                                                 2,500                                                                 3,000                                         5,000
28.  Total Exp Before Depr                                             667,535                                                            637,043                                    680,251
29.  Depreciation                                                 4,100                                                                 5,560                                         6,500
30.  TOTAL EXPENSES                                             671,635                                                            642,603                                    686,751
Incr/Decr – Net Assets -20,792                                                              12,419                                     (18,339)

September 16, 2020 RAC Agenda


VIRTUAL Resident Architectural Committee Meeting

Wednesday September 16, 2020

Via Video Conference Due to COVID-19

7:30 P.M.


  1. Roll Call


  1. Opening


  1. Review of Applications


6520 Waving Tree Court               Patio, Regrading

5713 Whistling Winds Walk         Tree Removals

6412 Distant Melody Place           Material Changes, Covered Porch, Patio, Walkway, Gas Fireplace

5812 Laurel Leaves Lane              Pool Part 1


  1. Other Business


  1. Adjournment


Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Questions? Contact the Covenant Advisor at 410-531-1749 and leave a voicemail or email

Association Gears Up for Village Elections

Village elections will be held this year on Saturday, April 27. Therefore, it is time for River Hill residents to think about who will represent them on the River Hill Community Association’s Board of Directors (RHBOD) and on the Columbia Association’s Board of Directors (CABOD). The RHBOD will have three open positions with terms May 1, 2019–April 30, 2021. The CABOD position is also a 2-year term.

To learn more about the roles and responsibilities of serving on the RHBOD and to help you determine whether you want to run for an elected position, interested residents are encouraged to attend an upcoming Board of Directors meeting, speak with current RHBOD members, and contact the Village Manager. Residents interested in serving on the CABOD are invited to attend an information session (see the article on page 5 for dates and times). Candidate nomination petitions will be available beginning March 1 at Claret Hall, online, and in the March newsletter. All petitions must be submitted to the Election Committee by March 21.

Not interested in running for election but want to become more engaged with the community? The association still needs residents to serve on the Election Committee. Committee members oversee the voting process, organize the Candidates Forum when there is a contested election, and help on election day. Members of the association eligible to vote may serve on this committee. Please contact Susan Smith at or 410-531-1749 for more information.

Cul-de-Sac Consideration

Have you made the resolution to be a good neighbor this year? How is your cul-de-sac etiquette? Do you park illegally or contribute to dangerous conditions in and around your cul-de-sac? Perhaps you and/or your neighbors need to brush up on the do’s and don’ts when it comes to cul-de-sacs. Here is a list of the main issues and complaints received by Howard County and the River Hill Community Association regarding cul-de-sacs:

• Parking: Parking around the outside rim of the cul-de-sac island is illegal; vehicles can be ticketed.

• Snow Removal: The Bureau of Highways reminds drivers not to park on streets, especially on a cul-de sac as that makes snow removal nearly impossible for highway crews. Vehicles should be parked in driveways as much as possible to allow police officers, firefighters, and paramedics to respond quickly to emergencies. Residents may also want to delay shoveling driveway aprons and sidewalks until the street has been completely cleared. Otherwise, it is very likely a full blade of snow will slide off the plow onto the driveway. Once the roads have been cleared please be considerate and do not throw snow back into the road as you clear your driveway.

• Sidewalk Shoveling: Howard County does not maintain any sidewalks, including snow removal, with exception of the sidewalks adjacent to County buildings (libraries, offices, etc.). The owner of a property abutting a sidewalk in a public right-ofway is responsible for removing snow from the sidewalk within 48 hours after the snow has fallen. However, if the County declares a state of emergency, the County Executive may extend the time to remove snow.

• Grass Maintenance: Properties where the driveways face onto a cul-de-sac are responsible for the maintenance of the grass (mowing) on cul-de-sac islands.

• Portable basketball hoops: When placed on residential streets, this equipment can create road hazards during snow storms. They are often damaged by county snow removal equipment and more importantly pose a safety hazard to other motorists traveling during weather events. Additionally, The Bureau of Highways has experienced severe damage to plows and other snow removal equipment due to portable and permanent basketball hoops placed on county right of way. The County considers these obstructions; they are illegal and are subject to fines or imprisonment or both. The County right-of-way is typically 10’ to 12’ back from the face of the curb. Basketball apparatus should not be placed in the public roadway or County right-of-way; instead, they should be placed so that individuals using it will be playing on a driveway or lawn.

Please remember to be considerate of others and adhere to these cul-de-sac reminders. Your neighbors will appreciate it, and you’ll be doing the right thing. A little kindness can go a long way!