NATIONAL – Municipal duties move to ‘burbs’ as HOAs must step in Municipal duties move to ‘burbs as HOAs must step in
Volunteer boards of homeowners association, responsible for more services, are often hiring national companies to handle day-to-day management.

Michelle Mitchell and Blake Herzog
March 3, 2013

Homeowners associations are taking on traditional local government responsibilities at the same time a growing number of them are being managed by national companies. Once primarily mom-and-pop enterprises of like-minded residents, the privately operated associations are increasingly performing traditional roles of local government, such as recreation, trash pick-up, lighting and street upkeep.
“It’s the most dramatic privatization of local government services that we’ve ever seen,” said Evan McKenzie, a political science professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago and author of Privatopia: Homeowner Associations and the Rise of Residential Private Government. Read more:

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