DEAR BENNY: I thought condo fees were for the maintenance and repair of homes and grounds, and for lawn care. Our association fees also pay for parties. I think the people who participate in the parties should pay for the parties themselves. Our condo fees have been raised twice since I moved here six years ago, and they are expected to go up again this coming fiscal year. What can be done to remove the party category from the budget? --R.E.
DEAR R.E.: Condominium fees are set by a board of directors, and in some cases, depending on your legal documents, the budget must be approved by the membership. The fees cover a lot of things, over and above maintenance and repair. They pay for snow removal (where applicable), lawn maintenance, management fees, and