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Antrim Township cracks down on delinquent sewer customers

February 28, 2013|By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com

GREENCASTLE, Pa. — Antrim Township is cracking down on delinquent sewer customers.

Over the last four years, sewer customers not paying their bills on time has become a growing problem in the township, township administrator Brad Graham said.

At least 45 of the township’s 3,500 customers were 120 days behind on their sewer bill and each owed $1,000 or more, Graham said.

The average residential quarterly sewer bill is $115.50.

Graham said the township board of supervisors discussed tightening the township’s current collection policy at its Jan. 28 worksession and at several recent meetings.

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“We want to be as open and flexible with people as we can,” Graham said. “If people really can’t pay their bills, the township is willing to set up payment plans.”

But, for those who just aren’t paying their bills, Graham said the township is ready to get tough.

Once a sewer bill has not been paid, a letter will be sent to the customer 15 days after the missed pay period, which is 45 days after the bill was mailed, he said.

At 30 days delinquency, the township staff will call the customer and document that call.

At 120 days, a notice will be posted at the property and civil charges will be filed with the magisterial district judge.

Graham said once the sewer bill is 120 days late and civil charges are filed, there can be financial penalties.

“The biggest negative for the customer is if it goes to the district judge it’s just piling up more debt. Then they will have the cost of the (sewer) bill as well as the penalty,” Graham said.

If the charges are filed and there is still no progress made in rendering payment, Graham said the customer’s personal property could be sold at sheriff’s sale to make the payment.

“Not that we would want to do that, but it could be done,” he said.

“Those sewer bills not being paid reduces our revenue which makes it just a little more difficult to run our system,” Graham said.






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