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UPCOMING EVENTS:

 


Painting party Nov 30th, 5 pm, in the Island Room, 13 Buckskin Ln, HI. No experience necessary! Supply fee $35. Snacks and drinks available. Call Adrienne at 479-340-7160 for reservations. Limited offering.






 

HOLIDAY HIKERS FALL 2017 / SPRING 2018 SCHEDULE

 

To view a .pdf of this schedule, CLICK HERE



 



 

Message from the District Manager

 

Subject:     2016 Audit

 

Date:          November 9, 2017

 

Dear Property Owners:

 

The purpose of this letter is to provide you with information concerning the District’s 2016 Audit. I believe it’s important for me, as your District Manager, to regularly provide you with important information concerning the health and sustainability of the District, especially when there are individuals in the community who seem bent on spreading misinformation.

 

Governmental transparency and financial accountability are the two most important aspects of gaining and keeping the public’s trust. It’s the Board’s and District Manager’s responsibility to ensure that we are good stewards of the money you have entrusted us with to spend on your behalf in the most beneficial and meaningful manner possible. We may not always agree on how the money should be spent, but it’s important to know that the Board has labored to be fair and open in its allocations. 

 

On October 30th, independent auditors from Beall Barclay & Company, PLC attended the Board of Commissioner’s meeting to present their 2016 audit report to the Board and Public.  It’s the Auditor’s responsibility to audit the District’s financial statements and establish an opinion on whether the statements are:

 

          in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America. This includes the design, implantation and management of internal control relevant to the preparation and fair presentation of financial statements that are, in accordance with auditing standards applicable to financial audits contained in Government Auditing Standards, issued by the Comptroller General of the United States” 

 

I know this was a mouth full and if you’re not familiar with audit reports, the information contained in them can be a little confusing. To make things simple, the auditors form and express an opinion. In our case, we received an “unqualified opinion” or also known as a “clean audit”. This is the best opinion you can get. Auditors give this opinion when they find that the financial statements are free of material misstatements and are presented fairly in accordance with the Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), which in other words means the District’s financial condition, position, and operations are fairly and accurately presented. But this is only half of the story; the opinion does not tell you if the District is in good economic health. It merely states that our financial reports are transparent and thorough and are not hiding any important facts.

 

To find out the actual financial position of the District, you need to review the audited financial statements. The 2016 audit can be found on line at:

 

http://holidayisland.us/uploads/2016-2015%20Audited%20Financial%20Statements.pdf

 

Additionally, budgets, audits, financial statements, and manager reports going back to 2012 can also be found online at www.holidayisland.us . Older documents can be requested from the District Office.

 

The annual audit provides a wealth of information and is presented in a way to help the average person answer one of the most important questions asked about the Holiday Island Suburban Improvement District’s finances, “Is the Suburban Improvement District as a whole, better or worse off as a result of the year’s activities?”

 

To help you answer this question for yourself, I’ve included below a few financial highlights for 2016:

    

  • The Suburban Improvement District’s current assets increased by $379,024 or 9.78% in 2016 while the District’s total assets and deferred outflows of resources decreased by $151,332 or less than 1% from the prior year.

  • The Suburban Improvement District reduced its total liabilities by $243,513 or 4.64% from 2015.

  • The Suburban Improvement District’s 2016 operating revenues exceeded its 2016 operating expenses and depreciation. Operating revenues increased by $288,649 or 7.75% while total operating expenses, including depreciation, decreased by $27,544, or 0.72% from 2015. The District experienced a net operating profit of $193,202 for 2016.

  • The Suburban Improvement District’s end of year net position increased by $116,397 or 0.65% from 2015.

  • Assessment of Benefits 2016 net revenue increased by $75,522 or 4.50% compared to 2015.

  • The Suburban Improvement District’s net cash from operating activities increased by $452,938 or 53.94% compared to 2015.

  • Water and Sewer 2016 operating revenues exceeded 2016 operating expenses by $198,027. Revenues increased by $91,935, or 13.11% while expenses decreased by $106,290 or 15.15% compared to 2015.

  • 2016 operating expenses for streets and roads maintenance decreased by $27,380 or 8.29% compared to 2015.

  • 2016 operating expenses for Law Enforcement, Fire, and Emergency Medical Services decreased by $11,448 or 4.99% compared to 2015.

  • 2016 Recreational Activity Card revenue decreased by $7,880 or 7.68% compared to 2015.

  • 2016 operating expenses for recreational activities and facilities, including: 18-hole and 9-hole golf courses, recreation center, clubhouse, restaurant, marina and pro shop increased by $106,862 or 12.21% compared to 2015.

  • 2016 operating expenses for general administration decreased by $20,995 or 3.18% compared to 2015.

 

Positive change does not come easy. It takes a lot of work and commitment from many people. It starts with the Board’s commitment to having a balanced budget. The Board just finished its fifth and final budget meeting where it produced a balanced budget for 2018, which is a balanced budget for the second year in a row. The Board’s guidance to me was clear; “control operational costs and continue to invest back into the community’s infrastructure”. There will always be both positive and negative financial realities. But after reviewing the audit, I hope you’ll agree with me that the Suburban Improvement District is a healthy and viable organization that is positioned to serve you for many years to come.

 

I have an open door policy. I’m available for questions or concerns and can be reached at the District Office, either in person or by phone at (479) 253-9700. 

 

Sincerely,

 

 

Lawrence Blood

District Manager 


 

HI HIKERS

 



 2017 HISID COMMISSIONER CANDIDATES

(in ballot order)

 

 

 

 

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2017 BOC NOMINATION/ELECTION NOTICE


GOLF OPERATIONS 11/17/17 UPDATE

 

 

 

Below is a Fall Greens Aeration video you'll enjoy:

 

https://quik.gopro.com/v/KMUCZXblic/

 

Thanks for reading!

 

Jon Prange - Golf Superintendent


ANY INTERESTED HISTORY BUFFS?

 

Several years ago, Don Nass made a video history of Holiday Island for the 25th anniversary of the community. It is a priceless record of our history; a history that many current residents are not aware of. The video was originally made on VHS tape but Randall Cavanaugh recently converted it to digital form. The video covers the period from the time of early Native Americans to 1995.

 

We would like to bring this video history up to date and then post it on the Holiday Island websites. This will entail some research, videography, and narration. If anyone is interested in working on this please contact Dan Kees at 660 287 2082. 

 

To view this video, it on Holiday Island Suburban Improvement District's Facebook or go to:

 

https://www.facebook.com/HolidayIslandArkansas/videos/1135034129966255/

 

This video is almost 24 minutes so it will take a while to load but is very interesting and worth the wait.


 


http://www.northwestarkansas.org/2017/10/nwa-public-art/

 

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NOTICE DATES -- THIS IS A 2ND NYC TRIP FOR NEXT YEAR

 

HOLIDAY ISLAND TRAVEL CLUB

 

 

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INCORPORATION COMMITTEE INFORMATION

 

CLICK HERE to view the Incorporation of Holiday Island presentation. This is not a HISID document; it is provided as a courtesy and for informational purposes only.


 

 

 


  


 june 2017 DISTRICT MANAGER Report 


 


  

 


 

 


 

 


 


 REPORTS OF NO LONGER RECEIVING THE HISID E-NEWSLETTER

 

We have received reports of people no longer receiving their E-Newsletter. Our subscribers have now exceeded 1,000 and it seems that some spam filters must trigger on a group email with more than 1,000 recipients.

 

Please check your “Spam” folder and based on what you utilize for your email, mark the HISID emails as “Not” spam or White List it.

 

The previous few months E-Newsletter can be viewed at:

 

http://us3.campaign-archive1.com/home/?u=4a8d84a09e5572fdc2cecd8cf&id=e9c2a0b6ad

 

If you would like to submit items for the E-Newsletter, please attach a Word document, pdf or jpeg file and email to newsletter@hisid.info or cbuchanan@holidayisland.us.  You can also bring a flyer to our office @ 110 Woodsdale Drive to be scanned.  When you only include your information in the body of an email, it sometimes doesn’t display the best in the newsletter.

 

I appreciate your interest in our E-Newsletter.

 

Carrie Buchanan
479-253-9700


 


 

To view a golf course promotional video, CLICK HERE .
To view a campground promotional video, CLICK HERE.
  


 


 

 


 


 

 

 


   

 


hi hiking trails master plan

 

Some of you may be interested in taking a look at the Holiday Island Trails Master Plan. About 18 months ago, the Holiday Island Board of Commissioners approached the Holiday Island Hikers to see if they would assist in preparing the plan. Their stated desire for the plan at the time was to explore the possibilities of building hiking trails in the green spaces in Holiday Island. This was in recognition of the fact that hiking and mountain biking is close to the top of the list of amenities people are looking for these days when looking for a place to live and/or retire. As such it was necessary for Holiday Island to provide such an amenity if we are to grow. The HISID BOC created an ad hoc committee made up of mostly HI Hiker members to prepare the plan and as you probably know, we were provided assistance from the National Park Service, have recently been awarded a $24,000 grant from the State, and have built one trail. So we are well on our way to implementing the plan. In the BOC's December 7th meeting, the board approved the plan.

 

Starting in January, we will be needing volunteers to work on the Bobcat trail. The Holiday Island Hikers is also now a 501c3 organization so we are soliciting tax deductible donations to be used as matching funds for building the trail. I can assure you that the Bobcat trail, once built, will be equal to many of the trails that we drive many miles to experience. So this is a project well worth our effort. I look forward to any feedback you can provide on the plan and the projects. And look forward to working with many of you on building the trails.


   


  

check out the holiday island fire department auxiliary's (hifda) new website

 

http://hifda.com/

 

 
 

2017 BOC NOMINATION/ELECTION NOTICE


UPCOMING HISID BOARD MEETINGS:

 

 

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2017 HISID BOC REGULAR MEETING 9AM @ DISTRICT OFFICE -- Cancelled

 

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november 20, 2017 - december 4, 2017; hisid commissioner election early voting  CLICK HERE

 

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MONDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2017 HISID BOC REGULAR MEETING 9AM @ DISTRICT OFFICE

 

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TUESDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2017 HISID COMMISSIONER ELECTION 8:30AM - 6PM @ DISTRICT OFFICE  CLICK HERE

 

 

 

Regular BOC Meetings are scheduled at the District Office for the 3rd Monday; if needed, there will be a Regular Meeting on the 4th Monday. When needed, Special Meetings may be called
 

To view Agendas/Minutes from previous HISID meetings, click here.

 

2016-2015 AUDIT


 

HOLIDAY ISLAND'S 2016 ANNUAL DRINKING WATER QUALITY REPORT AVAILABLE; CLICK HERE


2017 ASSESSMENT RATES 

 

2017 AMENITY RATES


marina remediation update

 

August 2017 site characterization report

 

SITE ASSESSMENT WORK PLAN & COST ESTIMATE

 

PLAN APPROVAL


Community Garden Update


To submit items for E-Newsletter and the online newsletter, please email a word document, pdf, or jpg file to: newsletter@hisid.info. You may also bring a flyer/poster to the District Office for scanning.

 

If you have questions, please call 479-253-9700. 


2016 holiday island trails master plan


  

 

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