HI timeshare owners get half of requested voting rights
HOLIDAY ISLAND—It looks as if both sides are beginning to agree that voting rights for Holiday Island timeshare owners may need clarification by the state legislature. In the past, timeshare owners were not allowed to vote and it was considered questionable as to whether they were actual property owners. That has changed, at least partly in favor of the timeshare owners.
It is an argument that has gone on for more than five years. Table Rock Landing timeshare owners have sued the district wanting the same voting rights as other property owners, meaning voting rights for the first two otherwise eligible voters on each property deed. That would currently give them as many as 56 votes. TRL timeshare owners are joined as plaintiffs in the case by Billy K. Roberts, Kelly L. Roberts and Holiday Island Development Corporation.
On Aug, 3, Carroll County Circuit Judge Scott Jackson ssued an order giving each timeshare unit one vote, half of what they requested. The order effectively ends the lawsuit against the district by TRL.
At its regular meeting on Monday, the HISID Board of Commissioners voted unanimously not to appeal the judge’s order but said that if timeshare owners appealed the ruling HISID would oppose them through a cross-appeal process. After the meeting TRL members said they had not yet decided whether to appeal the order.
It appeared no one was really happy with the judge’s order, but the BOC was obviously less unhappy with it than the time-share owners. Clarification or changes to Holiday Island voting rules by the state legislature cannot happen until the 2019 legislative session.
Voting rights in HISID elections are based not on the traditional “one person, one vote” system but on property ownership. A single property owner gets one vote. Non-property owners cannot vote. Owners of multiple properties get one vote, the same as owners of single properties. Joint property owners such as man and wife owners of a single property may get up to two votes.
In other business Carroll County Sheriff’s Office Lt. J.J. Reddick announced that Deputy Casey Trost has been promoted to investigator and will no longer be the patrol officer for Holiday Island. Reddick introduced Cpl. Lance Clark as the new patrol officer taking over Trost’s former duties. Clark promised to continue the stepped-up monitoring of speeders that was started by Trost. Commissioners roundly praised Trost for her service within the district.