Thursday, October 30, 2008

Attention Jefferson Co. Voters

I'm not going all political on you, don't worry, but if you do live in Jefferson Co., my friend has a request for you. Please read below, and decide for yourself, but I think he makes a good case. Thanks!

On the November 4th Jefferson County ballot there is a referendum that will read as follows:

“Relating to Jefferson County, proposing an amendment to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, to specify that a tenant or tenants who receives sewer service shall be solely responsible for the sewer bill. (Proposed by Act 2007-362)” – You will have the opportunity to vote “YES” or “NO.”

Please let me make the case for you to take the time to vote “YES.” Number one it would be a tremendous help to me and my business. If that isn’t enough to convince you, let me explain what has happened in the past. Tenants as they will get ready to leave one of our houses will purposefully pay only the water portion of their water/sewer bill, unbeknownst to us. Since they are paying the water portion, the water never gets turned off. The sewer, of course, has no way of turning off their service (even though they should by now after the “upgrade,” but that is another email!). Therefore, tenants will rack up hundreds, even sometimes thousands of dollars in unpaid sewer bills. Once the tenant moves out, the sewer instead of chasing their client who used the sewer service for payment sends a bill to the landlord. If the landlord does not pay it, then they file a lien against the house for the bill plus fees. Most times the sewer doesn’t even bother to send the landlords a bill. Here is all I am asking you to do, please vote “YES” so that the Jefferson County Sewer can no longer stick landlords with the payment the tenant has amassed.

2 comments:

lindsey said...

Jeffco Water & Sewer---They need to be a business case on how not to do things. And how sad is it that it has to be a constitutional ammendment--how did they ever make it the way it is in the first place. No one in Mobile cares about our tenant-landlord sewer problems, but we hope they will because if they vote no then we are sno better off. So that brings up the question of when will they fix the constitution!!

Bowlby said...

Thanks for the info. I was wondering what that was all about.