At least that's what we're calling it. About 5 years ago we started getting letters from a local "Lake Association" we'd never heard of. They said that when we bought our house (1992), we automatically joined the Association, but we've never paid dues. They weren't looking for 20 years worth of back dues, but wanted us to start paying up. We never signed up for any such thing. 1800 other households in the area got the same notice. One of my neighbors showed his lawyer, and the lawyer laughed and said to ignore it, they don't have a leg to stand on. We've been getting a letter yearly ever since, and the bill is up to almost $300 now. The Lake Association is now trying to start a class action suit to get the 1800 of us to pay. The lake itself is tiny, a mile away from my house. I'd never heard of it until this started, and I've still never seen it. It's not a park of any kind; it's a lake surrounded by houses. You can't even get to it unless you live there. So my paying them money gets me nothing. Apparently the association ran out of money to "maintain" the lake, and that's what spurred them to try to extort it from the whole town. There was a court hearing on the suit the other day, so we're waiting to hear.