DPPOA income is generated in three specific ways: These are separate revenue accounts and each has its own collection, budget and approval process.
The DPPOA Annual Member Dues- This fee is optional, however, we encourage everyone owning land in the community to join the DPPOA by paying the annual dues (currently $60.00). DPPOA is an organization comprised of resident volunteers tasked with operating the community at large. The dues are used to help offset community administration costs such as the beach, boat ramp, street and entrance signs, and general landscaping, not covered by the specific road fee below. Members may vote on DPPOA organization specific issues, such as Board of Director elections, budgets and bylaw changes, however issues of great importance to the community, such as covenant changes, are always voted on by the community at large and not just DPPOA members. Your membership in DPPOA is highly encouraged.
Road Fees- This fee is mandatory - Every lot in Drum Point is subject to a $10 / year road fee as outlined in the covenants filed in the court house. These covenants bind the property to Drum Point. Road Fees are owed to DPPOA and if you purchased property and the road fees were not paid by the former owner, you as the new owner have now assumed these road fees and owe them. The purpose of a title search, and title insurance, is to ensure that no liens or encumbrances are outstanding against the property and that "free and clear" title is being conveyed. Local settlement attorneys routinely contact DPPOA to determine outstanding fees however sometimes they do not. If you are being charged for previous owner road fees, contact your settlement attorney and title insurance company.
Special Tax District- This fee is mandatory - In 1996 under Maryland Law DPPOA applied for and was granted a special tax district status whereby the Calvert County Government collects the fee along with the property taxes. This money is then turned back over to DPPOA for use in managing and maintaining Drum Point roads. The current amount of the Special Tax District is $150.00 per lot per year.
Per the Bylaws, up-to-date payments of all three fees are required in order to be considered a member in good standing and to be eligible to vote on DPPOA issues.
Road Fee debt travels with the property. When you purchase property in Drum Point you assume any and all outstanding covenant road fees against it. DPPOA makes every effort to contact local real estate brokers and settlement attorneys to remind them to contact us concerning outstanding road fees prior to property closings so that issues of this nature can be resolved prior to property transfer. If you have been billed for road fees that are prior to your ownership, we recommend that you to contact your settlement attorney for reconciliation.
You may notice your statement has a carry over of an amount greater than the $10.00 per year fee. This is due to the fact that many lots in Drum Point were, at one time, under Chesapeake Ranch Estates Covenants.