What is the Saratoga Lake Association?
Per SLA by-laws, “The Saratoga Lake Association is a not-for-profit organization. Its purposes are to promote and enhance the health, safety, sanitation, ecology, recreation and environmental quality of the Saratoga Lake area through education, charitable contributions and environmental action.”
In other words, the Saratoga Lake Association is not a homeowners’ association. The SLA is an organization for everyone and anyone interested in Saratoga Lake.
The Difference Between the Saratoga Lake Association (SLA) and the Saratoga Lake Protection and Improvement District (SLPID)
The SLA is a not-for-profit corporation. Its purposes are to promote and enhance the health, safety, sanitation, ecology, recreation and environmental quality of the Saratoga Lake area through education, charitable contributions and environmental action. SLA’s sole source of funding is from membership dues and tax deductible charitable contributions. SLA’s Board of Directors is elected during its annual meeting by the membership.
SLPID, on the other hand, is a governmental agency charged with the maintenance of Saratoga Lake’s water quality. Responsibility for water quality not only includes foreign matter in the lake’s water, but also includes the control of invasive weeds and regulation of lake water levels in an advisory capacity. SLPID works in conjunction with other governmental agencies such as the Department of Environmental Conservation and the municipalities bordering the lake. SLPID’s main source of revenue is from a special tax assessment imposed on property owners in the vicinity of Saratoga Lake. SLPID is controlled by five Commissioners. There is a commissioner representing each of the four municipalities bordering Saratoga Lake and one “at large” commissioner that may be from any municipality bordering the lake. Commissioners are elected at the annual SLPID business meeting, held concurrently with the SLA Annual Meeting. Appointment of Commissioners is officially approved by the Saratoga County Board of Supervisors.