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 (of course) legal fees.