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I just received my most recent bill from Placerville, and I simply refuse to pay their arbitrary and capricious sewer rates anymore. My water bill was $37.56 and my sewer bill was $143.88 for this past time period. That is disgusting, and as I told the City Council when they first proposed these rate increases, basing the sewer rate on the water usage, it is illegal as hell, and it’s time to sue them.
The majority of my water is used in my garden during the summer, and their “increased usage” allowance is a joke for summer months. Charges cannot be based on an “assumed” use of the sewer based on the water that goes onto your premises and no judge or jury would rule otherwise.
It’s not just the idiotic sewer increase, but the fact that they decided to spend millions on our “antiquated” sewer system right now, when none of us can afford it. That is even more idiotic. The sewer system has been good for 50 years; they can just pay for broken pipes and repairs until the economy improves. Why should we pay for 50 years of neglect by past residents, and make it good for the next 50 years of residents who also won’t pay for it?
I’m looking for an attorney who would like to take the case as a class action lawsuit on behalf of the residents of Placerville, and I will be happy to get the necessary names and addresses of those who would like to join in, so we can, in fact, make this a “class action” lawsuit. If there is an attorney who would like to help save this city and its residents, please contact me. Anyone who would like to be a party to this lawsuit, who feels the rates are unjust and “capricious,” please send me an e-mail or write a letter or postcard with your name, address, phone and number in your familiy, and number of occupants in your house or apartment building. My e-mail address is WONNORTH@pacbell.net, and my address is 863 Green St., Placerville 95667.
Please join in. The city of Placerville won’t listen to reason, but maybe it will listen to the courts.