Processing poop generates revenue. City councilors claim forceful collection practices abuse constituents. City lawyers are trying to reach common ground on uncollected fees.
From Brian Lockhart, CT Post:
With uncollected sewer use fees nearing $500,000, the City Attorney’s Office is hoping to reach a truce with the City Council in a months-long fight over aggressive collection tactics.
Council members and the Water Pollution Control Authority board agreed last year to place a moratorium on the latter’s ability to foreclose on single-family, owner-occupied homes that fall behind on sewer bills. No other properties were exempted from WPCA foreclosures.
In the meantime the city attorney has been drafting reforms to the WPCA’s debt-collection process, which critics have argued is too punitive and allows private collections lawyers employed by the city to levy excessive legal charges on poorer residents.
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