About 10 Export residents delinquent on sewage payments face termination
Export residents who are delinquent on payment of sewage bills will need to act quickly or face having water service shut off, officials said.
Service for at least 10 homes in the borough is set to be cut off within the next week. Four additional homes could lose water service at a later date for delinquent sewage bills.
“If you don't pay your sewer bill, the municipality is required to turn off the water,” borough solicitor Wesley Long said Tuesday at a borough council meeting.
“We've had people that had substantial delinquencies,” he said.
Borough officials have been trying to chip away at nearly $65,000 in delinquent sewage bills since last summer. An exoneration program, begun over the winter, has so far recouped more than $14,000.
The program offers a 10 percent deduction to homeowners with bill balances in excess of $500. To qualify for the deduction, homeowners must pay 20 percent of the outstanding balance within 60 days and pay at least the current monthly bill, plus 5 percent of the past due balance.
At least 11 property owners took advantage of the program and paid off more than $8,000 in delinquent bills. In addition, more than $6,000 has been generated in monthly payments.
“We have quite a few people that have entered into payment plans,” said Marlene Mahinske, borough sewage secretary. “As long as they make their payment on time, we promised we wouldn't shut the water off.”
Twelve property owners have not responded to threats to cut off the water service, she said.
Seven of those properties, however, are in foreclosure and water service has been terminated. Council discussed filing liens against those properties.
Daveen Rae Kurutz contributed to this report. Amanda Dolasinski is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-836-6220 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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