By Alyssa Gautieri
The unit owners’ constant echo of “more transparency” is prevalent in many associations. Some owners have the opinion that they should be presented with every contract before it’s decided upon and be involved in every decision. However, most unit owners don’t understand the amount of research and due diligence that has been devoted to these decisions during many hours by members of the board along with their management teams and professionals. Some unit owners want to be presented with these things in the matter of a few minutes at a board meeting and be given the same authority to decide as those who have done the work and also have the fiduciary responsibility in making these decisions. How can a board uphold the feeling of transparency while ensuring the association is protected, with confidential information remaining confidential?