HOA speaks out about large tree to be cut down

A magnificent tree is at the heart of a controversy in Sunnyslope in north-central Phoenix.

Recently some neighbors banded together to keep it from being cut down, and we brought you their story.

Now, the homeowners association is speaking out, saying why the tree has to go.

The Casas Del Norte Homeowner's Association says a majestic eucalyptus is a financial liability. Its roots pushed up the sidewalk, forcing repairs, and there is more.

"The root system it is growing down thru here, we replaced the irrigation system thru here, so it is eating away at the budget and homeowners don't want to pay higher association fees," said Chuck Walter with the HOA.

The HOA claims the tree could eventually damage a nearby townhome, but owners will have to make the call on what to do.

"We will show them how much it costs the association, when they see that, that is our choice we have to get rid of the tree," he said.

But the people who want to protect this tree, who don't want it cut down, say they are going to save it by any means necessary.

Like the woman who made the green "Save our Tree" sign, Audrey Salar doesn't live at Casa Del Norte, she's just staying with a friend.

"Well, whatever we can legally, we can stand in front of the tree when the cutters come again, that could cause us to be arrested, from what I hear that might be a good cause," said Audrey Salazar.

Walter and the HOA are sympathetic, to a point.

"I mean I like the tree, I am from Ohio and love trees, but I have to look at it in the financial aspect, I do have a business to run here," said Walter.

Next month the Casa Del Norte HOA will meet and decide what to do with the tree.
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