Sunday, February 17, 2008

Decision making and influencing decisions

MAR's bylaws allow decision-making by technology - like this conference call equipment which facilitates some calling in with others physically present at a meeting. Certain committees, like legislative, meet frequently and may not have more than an hour of needed deliberations.

Most of this week's hour was around a proposal in the Maine Legislature to require septic system inspections on all coastal properties at the time of transfer. There are already septic system requirements and laws for all properties, but time of transfer laws increases transactional costs. And does nothing to address every other property not for sale. MAR continues to try to get the Legislature to connect the impact of added costs and burdens with home sales to slowing and stopping sales. The economy depends on a good real estate market.

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