Columbia Association, Inc. (which was originally called Columbia Park and Recreation Association, Inc.) was created by Charter filed with the Maryland Secretary of State in 1965 and was most recently amended in 2005. The Charter, among other things, identifies CA as a non-profit corporation, sets forth CA’s purposes and powers and defines the members of the Corporation. The By-Laws, filed along with the Charter, set out rules for meetings of the members and directors and addresses such issues as officers and finance.
The original property comprising the Columbia Association’s geographic area was deeded to CA on December 13, 1966 in a Deed, Agreement and Declaration of Covenants, Easements, Charges and Liens. That document gives CA the authority to assess the Annual Charge, specifies the manner of calculation of the Annual Charge and defines it as a lien against the deeded property with priority over all other liens with the exception of taxes, and addresses other issues such as the use of the Annual Charge funds and use of CA property and facilities.