Can a Condo Carnival be Paid for with Common Fees?

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L.E. from New Haven County writes:

Dear Mister Condo,

Can the Board spend our money on picnics or carnivals?

Mister Condo replies:

L.E., in a word, “yes”. While carnivals or other community events are not usually spelled out as routine expenses for a condo association, your Board may decide to hold events throughout the year to build community spirit. Picnics, carnivals, pool parties, cook-outs, pot luck dinners, and just about any other social event you can think of may be sponsored by the association to help build camaraderie within the community. If the expense gets out of hand, the association could always vote to stop future events but, as a rule, the Board is well within their right to plan and pay for the event out of association funds. So, as long as it isn’t too expensive and the community is yielding positive results, I say “don’t stop the carnival”! All the best!

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