Make the Call 

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Independence Hall Homeowners Association holds a Fourth of July barbecue for residents every year. Board members think it’s a great way to engender spirit in the large-scale community, and residents seem to appreciate the food, drinks, games and family-friendly atmosphere. The association typically pays for the event, which costs thousands of dollars, out of its budget. But after some unexpected expenses this year, the board is concerned it won’t be able to afford the barbecue. One of the board members lets the news slip to a vendor, Stars & Stripes Landscaping, which offers to foot the entire tab.

Is it appropriate to allow Stars & Stripes Landscaping to pay for the association’s barbecue? Or should the community find another way to fund its beloved Fourth of July event?

Leave your response below or send it by May 30 to “Make the Call,” Common Ground, 6402 Arlington Blvd., Suite 500, Falls Church, VA 22042. E-mail: commonground(at) Include a daytime phone number. Selected responses will be featured in the next issue of Common Ground. Responses may be edited for length and clarity.

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