(April 29, 2021) The Ocean Pines Association mailed referendum ballots this week to all eligible voters. Those ballots are due back by 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 13.
The referendum asks homeowners to vote on a proposal that would limit capital expenditure spending to $1 million without a referendum. The current spending threshold without a referendum is 20 percent of the income derived from annual charges, or about $1.8 million based on collections during fiscal year 2020-2021.
Ballots may be returned by mail or to the ballot box inside the Ocean Pines Police Department lobby on 239 Ocean Parkway.
All ballots, however returned, must be sealed in the return envelope provided in the mailing. Use of a different envelope or no envelope will void the ballot.
Association members are encouraged to use the ballot box, because of current uncertainties with the U.S. Postal Service caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The ballot box is accessible 24-hours a day.
To request a duplicate ballot or to inquire about other issues related to the referendum, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 410-208-3989.
Ballots will be counted on Friday, May 14 in the East Room of the Ocean Pines Community Center, starting at 10:30 a.m. The count is open to the public and will be recorded and posted to the Association website, www.oceanpines.org.