guest229-HOA's are INTENDED to make a desireable neighborhood more so by offering such amenities as swimming pools, parks for children and amenity centers. The dues are a means for maintaining those enjoyed common areas. HOA's often create standards of maintenance on yards and homes to keep the values where they are most desirable.
You don't specify when you purchased your home. However, whether my clients are buying a resale home or a new construction, they know and understand that they are buying in a subdivision that has an HOA. I have even helped clients buy that would not consider a home that was within an HOA. HOA's are entirely a choice. You either live in a subdivision that has one, or you choose not to.
When you purchased your property in a subdivision, you agreed to meeting the membership requirements of the HOA. The mandatory payments you speak of are disclosed up front. When you purchased, you agreed to abide by their rules, silly as you may believe they are, and pay the dues as required.
If you are in a position where liens are being levied against your home for HOA dues I would seriously consider retaining an attorney. They can clearly explain the rights of the HOA to do this, and what your rights are as well.
I wish you all the best!