Board Member Compensation?  How Much is Too Much?

By Buddy Whitaker 

Published November 29, 2013


Most board members probably deserve some form of compensation for the time and effort they invest.  Yet very few association declarations  allow board members to do so.


If your association doesn't have this provision, an amendment would need to be passed by the community providing some compensation.  This is a nice check and balance because ideally the unit owners wouldn't pass an amendment that is unbalanced.  The community may agree to something modest like 33% or 50% off annual dues for participating board members. 


This may have a positive impact on the board as a whole.  More people would be willing to volunteer their time to serve.  Board members may be more vested in their position and take their role more seriously.


Personally I would love to pay a portion of my dues but some may see this as excessive.  I have come across an association that pays its board members $300 a month.  This sounds nice but, without having reviewed their budget,  I would think this amount of compensation would impact monthly income.


Board members take a position in order to serve and better their community.  A modest amount that doesn't impact the overall budget may have a positive impact on the people who serve.


Make a great day.

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