The Official Publication of the Kiawah Island Community Association
D I G E S T
Understanding How the
KICA Budget Process Works
very November, the Kiawah Island Community
property, such as roads, leisure trails, and boardwalks.
Association releases its budget for the following
General Maintenance includes a mechanic’s shop,
year. The budget is the result of months of work,
which services vehicles and tools.
with each department adding both routine items and • Major Repairs and Replacement (MR&R)
anticipated needs. This includes any significant capital
MR&R staff includes civil engineers who plan and
requirement which impacts the association reserves.
manage the repair or replacement of roads, bridges,
The tentative budget is reviewed by KICA’s member-
drainage systems and other island infrastructure.
comprised Finance Committee, and put before the board
of directors for approval at the November meeting.
Generally, these responsibilities begin at the bridge over
the Kiawah River (with exceptions). Therefore, Cassique
What we do: KICA has five basic operational focus is not part of KICA but Mingo Point and everything
points, and provides the administrative support for these beyond is.
How KICA Budgets:
• Security and Livability
Security controls Main gate and V-gate access, KICA operates with two separate budgets:
conducts island patrols and oversees commercial • Our “Operating Budget” covers administration,
access. Livability manages covenant enforcement and
security and livability, land and lakes maintenance,
recreation and amenity operations, and general
• Land and Lakes Maintenance
Land Management handles all landscaping and • Our “Reserve Budget” covers major repairs and
maintenance on KICA common property. The Lakes
team handles water quality management, wildlife
management, as well as mosquito abatement.
Principally, the operating budget covers expenditures that
• Recreation and Amenities
are routine and predictable. Our reserve budget covers
Recreation operations include member events, as expenditures for more durable infrastructure focusing on
well as the operation of The Sandcastle, Rhett’s Bluff, major repairs or replacement projects.
Cinder Creek and Eagle Point.
• General Maintenance
This department does minor repairs to common Continued on page 6.