You are most likely going to have to wait it out until you hit the threshold when the HOA becomes yours to manage. Though, I personally would dig into the covenants and restrictions which should have a whole section in regard to the HOA and it's responsibilities. Then would contact the developer as Amanda mentioned via registered letter voicing your concerns in a reasonable and concerned manner... Be sure to get as many signatures of the homeowners as possible as part of the letter and request a time and date for you to meet with the developer and a couple of the signees of the letter to review your concerns. Hopefully they will respond with an acceptable solution for everyone concerned or make a step in that direction....as most builder & developers want to maintain a good relationship with their homeowners especially when they are still building homes within a subdivision, the last thing they want is bad word of mouth advertising...of course either do you...as they are still building and alot of them are not in this market.
Just their rate of 'property management' is $8K and it goes up every time a house is added/sold.
The $8K does not include office expenses, taxes etc which takes the admin fees up another $4K.
The total bill includes $18K for landscaping (a very small area) and $10K for pool maintenance and we(neighbors) have to check the ph of our neighborhood pool on a voluntary basis 2x a day during pool season, because they say it isn't in their budget to pay the pool company to do so.
Perhaps, collectively you could meet with the builde to express your concerns and come to an agreement that is conducive to all parties.
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