Dispute Over Unpaid Sewer Fees Could Head to Court

JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (AP): Jeffersonville residents who've rebuffed orders to tie in to new sewer lines and pay associated fees could soon face lawsuits.

The News and Tribune reports the Jeffersonville Wastewater Department is short more than $100,000 because 63 residences haven't paid the $1,600 fee that helps offset the cost of building new sewers.

Department utility director Len Ashack says some residents received notices that they must hook into the new sewers and pay the fees two years ago. Others have had notices since last September and October.

The revenue is critical because the city must fund a $37 million combined sewer overflow interceptor to comply with a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency mandate to limit how much sewage empties into the Ohio River.