We had to hire someone to dig the hole

Two years ago, we were told they were putting sewer lines on our street.

  • We thought it was a good idea to have sewer lines instead of messy sewer tanks in the backyards, and the entire neighborhood agreed.

Two months later, we received notices we had six weeks to have the area dug up where the sewer lines were going to be placed. I must have read the notice four times before I concluded they were telling we had to pay for the excavation of the area where the mandatory sewer lines were going in. It cost us $750 to connect to the sewer lines, and we then had to pay almost $100 a month to the sewer authority. By the time we were done getting the sewer lines in place and connecting to the sewer pumping station, we had spent nearly $4000 and hadn’t received our first monthly bill. My husband went to the township meeting and wanted to know how they could mandate the sewer system, and make us pay for something we hadn’t voted on. They said they had that authority, but I wasn’t as happy as my husband, and he was furious. Many of our friends and neighbors were also at the meeting, and some of them had paid nearly $10,000 to hook into the mandated sewer line because of the amount of street front property they had. Even with our protesting, it made no difference. When they doubled the cost of our sewer bill a year later, I was one of the first to put a ‘for sale’ sign in my front yard, but I wasn’t the last.

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