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Losing Homes Over Unpaid Water Bills

Do we as homeowners, taxpayers, and voters want a law that will take our homes if we do not pay our water bill? Some politicians think that turning off the water is not enough.

Time to “Wake Up” DeKalb County! 

Once again, we may be the breeding ground for bad legislation and policies that threaten our homes and quality of life. What am I talking about?

I am speaking about the possibility of losing your home because you didn’t pay your water bill. Do we, as homeowners, taxpayers and voters, want to give our water bills the power of a tax to be sold to private companies? 

Some politicians honestly believe that we need such a law in DeKalb County while there are law makers on the state level trying to make sure this never happens.  What do you think?

We have included links to some news reports on this issue in states such as Maryland that have these laws. Please review and check with your elected official and ask them where they stand…

Citizens losing homes over unpaid water bills 7-13-2010.

Losing It All! American families losing their homes because they didn’t pay their utility bill 11-12-2012.

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jimmie January 03, 2013 at 02:04 AM
Funny Tom... But ohh so true!
Viola Davis RN BSN January 03, 2013 at 04:30 PM
We have received multiple complaints concerning water bills from the City of Atlanta and DeKalb County. I am forwarding examples of some of the problems identified with billing from DeKalb Department of Watershed Management. Atlanta’s Department of Watershed Management installed automated water meters and found that 25 percent (approx. 9,139) had problems to include incorrectly installed, broken, and/or malfunction. This issue goes beyond not paying your water bill. Should the homeowners who are experiencing problem with the water bill have the added worry of losing their homes? Turning off the water is not enough? DeKalb Homeowner Gets $1,500 Water Bill http://www.wsbtv.com/videos/news/dekalb-homeowner-gets-1500-water-bill/vCb7J/ DeKalb Homeowner Gets $9,224.40 Water Bill http://www.thisphotographerslife.com/2012/06/my-9224-40-water-bill.html
Ty Griffin January 03, 2013 at 07:05 PM
The government should never be allowed to take private property...PERIOD!
bae January 05, 2013 at 03:23 PM
This smells like an idea that came from the DeKalb Board of Education.
Viola Davis RN BSN January 06, 2013 at 02:35 PM
The central issue - should fees have the power of a tax. Remember, taxes are increased by the representatives of the people while fees are increased "at will" by unelected people.

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