Hundreds of thousands of dollars are at stake when Selectmen set a policy to deal with the dozens of homeowners who have never paid a sewer bill despite decades on the town’s line. The board is expected to consider their options at their next meeting. Some of those homeowners are scofflaws who hired so-called “weekend warriors” to hook up illegal sewer connections 30 to 35 years ago while others may be innocents caught up in the town’s billing errors or who simply bought the wrong house, according to Chairman Denis Keohane.
Selectmen must decide whether to bill for three years of sewer service or six years or that contrite homeowners, the innocent or homeowners with hardship should be granted some type of amnesty through a formal appeals committee.
“It’s not an easy decision to make and not everyone will be happy, but a decision will be made in the best interest of the town,” according to Keohane who outlined the issues in an email. He responded after the Dec. 17 meeting was cancelled due to a snowstorm.
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