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The board of directors asked for an increase in maintence fees.

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The board of directors asked for an increase in maintence fees. 600 ballots were mailed to residents. The vote was 129 for,96 against the increase. Does this increase pass?

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The starting point here is to look at the by-laws. Usually, what would be required is a 51% of total voting interests to implement a change (or, in some cases higher), and not a majority of the total number of votes received. If the by-laws allow a request to pass without specifying how many total votes must be received, then the increase passed. If the by-laws are silent, then the increase did not pass, because a majority of the homeowners did not vote for it. It didn't fail, either, because a majority of the owners didn't vote against it. So, the board could call for another vote to try to get more of the homeowners to submit their ballots.

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