Septic tank but charged sewer fee

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Chattanooga, TN

#1 Mar 29, 2011
I live within the Dayton city limits and have for about 8 years. My home is not hooked to the city sewer system....I'm using a septic tank. The city charges me a monthly 'sewer fee' just as if I were hooked to the city sewer system. This fee runs about $25-$30 per month. Several years ago I called city hall and asked about this situation. I was told that if something happens to my septic tank, the city will take care of it.

Has anyone had a septic tank problem under this type of 'arrangement', and if so how did the city respond? One of my neighbors protested this type of sewer deal, and the city quit charging him the sewer fee. Of course, he's on his own now with any septic tank problems.

“Unity in Our Community”

Since: Dec 10

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#2 Mar 29, 2011
I understand your concern. I would be upset paying for a fee for a utility in which you do not utilize on your property. Was this fee something that perhaps in the future would be applied to you if you were to decide to hook up to city sewer one day? I mean that would only be fair wouldn't it? If you are forced to pay this fee for a service you do not utilize, then perhaps you can get a credit for this and should you ever decide to hook up to city sewer lines, the money you have paid each month for the past eight years, I feel should be applied to future hook up to city should you decide to do so. There have been private citizens who reside OUTSIDE the city limits who have recently been approved to be hooked up to city sewer lines just by simply requesting to do so. the details of the charge for this I do not know, but the first step to being able to do so was to get permission from the city. Mr. Raper personally has addressed this for two people at the least that I am aware of. He requested city sewer hook up for someone at the February council meeting and another individual at the March council meeting. He asked and got it granted, just like that. Perhaps you could get some answers from Mr. Raper as he seems to be playing an advocate for people getting sewer service OUTSIDE city limits, so maybe he can get the fee waived that these county residents should pay since they are going to be getting city sewage service. I will listen back in to my recordings of these meetings and see what I can find out what they talked about on this issue. I suggest starting with Ronnie Raper, if he can't help, he certainly ought to be able to direct you to the person who can. I will try to post more info for you later. I can understand completely though you not feeling it is fair to be charged for this. I would feel the same way.
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Chattanooga, TN

#3 Mar 29, 2011
There is no sewer line in my neighborhood, just off Blueberry Hill Road. (At least that is what I was told.)

“Unity in Our Community”

Since: Dec 10

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#4 Mar 29, 2011
Okay "question" I will have to re-listen to my recordings and see if I have any information that will be of help to you and your situation, and potentially others as well in your neighborhood. It may take a little time, but whether I have information that can help or not, I will be sure to let you know. I am easily accessible and willing to help anyone if I can, elected or not.
Eli

Dayton, OH

#5 Mar 8, 2012
How did you find out that you were paying a sewer fee. Was it part of your annual tax? I live in Riverside and have a septic tank. I am at the point were I either need to replace the leach field or hook up to the city, but I have never received a monthly bill for sewer services.
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Cleveland, TN

#6 Mar 8, 2012
This is Dayton, TN. The sewer fee shows up each month on my city electric/water/sewer bill.
Jason Clark

Jackson, TN

#7 Jan 18, 2013
I live in Jackson TN and hv lived in my home for 7 years and thought I was on city sewer, but when I had a problem the utility company told me I was on septic and there was nothing they could do. I have been paying $25-$30 a month fir sewer. I called main office and was told it was a city ordinance that everyone in city limits pays for sewer even if your not hooked up. They say there is nothing they can do to help me. I'm not happy at all.
Geno

Crossville, TN

#8 Jan 21, 2013
Jason Clark wrote:
I live in Jackson TN and hv lived in my home for 7 years and thought I was on city sewer, but when I had a problem the utility company told me I was on septic and there was nothing they could do. I have been paying $25-$30 a month fir sewer. I called main office and was told it was a city ordinance that everyone in city limits pays for sewer even if your not hooked up. They say there is nothing they can do to help me. I'm not happy at all.
Go to a city counsel meeting, file lawsuit and so on. Don't just sit there and take it.
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Chattanooga, TN

#9 Feb 2, 2013
You can have the sewer fee taken off if you sign a waiver that states that if your septic tank fills up or anything like that, it is your responsiblity and the city won't cover it. I signed it and they took the fee off my bill.
john

Ashland City, TN

#10 Jul 11, 2014
They r lying to u it is called charging for a service not rendered. That is illegal and u will have to Sue them. They know they owe u that money back but r afraid of others finding out and having to pay back possibly hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Jason Clark wrote:
I live in Jackson TN and hv lived in my home for 7 years and thought I was on city sewer, but when I had a problem the utility company told me I was on septic and there was nothing they could do. I have been paying $25-$30 a month fir sewer. I called main office and was told it was a city ordinance that everyone in city limits pays for sewer even if your not hooked up. They say there is nothing they can do to help me. I'm not happy at all.
KAC

Athens, TN

#11 Jul 12, 2014
If the sewage service is available to you and you choose NOT to take it then you pay the fee whether you take it or not , that's just the way it is.
thruth is

Ridgeway, SC

#12 Jul 25, 2014
KAC wrote:
If the sewage service is available to you and you choose NOT to take it then you pay the fee whether you take it or not , that's just the way it is.
they should not have to pay sewer fee and this is why. When they originally moved in their property was located in the county ( THERE WAS NO SEWER IN THE COUNTY & THEY HAVE NOT RAN IT INTO THOSE PARTS) when you were annexed into the city limits, they began charging you automatically. Call tommy soloman @ the city. Do not talk to curtis because he will not do anything

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