What's included in an association assessment fee?

Author's Note

Association assessments demonstrate the ounce-of-prevention-versus-pound-of-cure truism. Unless the condo owner is a would-be Vegas gambler, paying small incremental increases as part of monthly fees seems preferable to the risk of being hit with a four-digit assessment.

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