Letter: It’s just not fair
It’s just not fair to charge a property owner a sewer service fee when structures on a property have been destroyed and gone due to a man-made or natural disaster.
Think about it. A building was destroyed in a fire or flood. The building was demolished and completely removed from its site. The site is vacant with completely capped service lines for water taps in place that were purchased many years ago. And now the owner is being charged full services fees on numerous taps for having a vacant property with no use whatsoever.
That’s what the Three Lakes Water and Sanitation District does under its current interpretation of its rules and regulations.
This should change.
I ask the board of directors of the Three Lakes Water and Sanitation District to adopt a clause in its rules and regulations that allows either greatly reduced sewer fees or a complete waiver of fees in cases of disaster where a property has completely lost its structures and has no use for sewer service. In this case, the owner should still have ownership of and retain the taps that have been fully paid for. Full sewer service fees could be reinstated at the moment a building permit is issued for renewed use on the property.
This seems only fair and just.
It will reassure current property owners in the district that they won’t be charged sewer service fees in the event of a natural disaster such as a fire or flood that completely destroys a residence or building.
It’s the right thing to do.
John Waller, Grand Lake
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