By: Diane Benjamin
See the previous story: https://blnnews.com/2020/01/16/what-stan-warned-about-happened/
Stan Nord warned about local property rights because he got a bill that should have been paid by owners of his property years before. The Town of Normal didn’t care that failure to collect was THEIR fault. He paid the bill in protest.
In the previous story a guy who owned his home for 9 years got a bill from the Bloomington Normal Water Reclamation District (BNWRD) for annexation to the district. Obviously somebody dropped the ball years ago. By FOIA I was told the district settled with him for $150 instead of the usual $600. I see nothing in the BNWRD minutes where the Trustees want to recover property tax revenue they lost because of the failure to annex years ago,
That guy isn’t the only one to get billed. This property owner got a bill on a house they have owned for 20 years:
The above is from the August 12, 2019 Noncompliance Hearing for Annexation Violation.
This property and three others were annexed at the September meeting, the fee was reduced to $150 each too:
The Morris Ave property was purchased 21 years ago. The two on Mercer are listed as commercial property.
BNWRD is not done annexing properties. Their investigation found around 30 in violation. I wonder if they will be investigating Normal properties next? It appears they should. Both investigations should include why this happened. Did the builder/developer collect the fees and just not pay them to BNWRD? Did Bloomington allow people to connect to the sewer system without paying the fee?
FYI, this problem has nothing to do with your water bill other than you should be getting charged the BNWRD monthly fee along with your water bill. BNWRD processes what you flush.
State law does not contain a Statute of Limitations for Water Reclamation Districts. It should.