Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Sewer fee shock
I'm a new resident of Pacifica and was shocked to learn of the city's interpretation of the ordinance governing sewer fees. Namely, that the fees are based on usage regardless of whether it was the new owners usage or the previous owners. Because I purchased my property in June the fees assess are on the previous owners usage for the year. The previous owner used 10 times (that right 10 times) what i use so my bill for my first year was $1453.40 instead of $567.18. A difference of $866.22! I paid it under the assumption that this would not be resolved before my tax bill was due believing that I would receive a refund. After writing a letter and trying to reach Sandra McClellan in the Finance Office she told me that that was the city's interpretation. When I informed her that it it didn't seem right or legal for me to have to pay fees based on someone else's usage she said she didn't want to discuss it. I said if that's the case then my only was is to resolve this in court which could mean a massive refund to all owners that have encountered this. Her response was to laugh at me and say that all people want to do is sue for a few bucks! Shocked i told her that I'm a single father trying to provide for his daughter and the $866 is not "a few bucks". At that point she said "thanks for moving to Pacifica" and hung up on me. I guess that's my welcome to Pacifica.
I think this is worthy of an article. And, I wonder what attorneys might be willing to pursue this as a class action.