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Tax on septic system owners

In case you were not aware, Nevada County has imposed a new tax on septic system owners. They call it a maintenance and monitoring fee. The first problem is that Nevada County does not monitor or maintain your septic system. I have asked Environmental Health Director Wesley Nicks and Environmental Health person Sallie Carmichael what service we might expect for this tax. Neither has extended the professional courtesy to answer the question or respond in any way.

Prior to selling my home in Nevada County, I had my septic system serviced as required by county code and had the tank pumped as required. This action triggered the county to send me a septic system tax bill. The bill stated, “since I had sold my home …”

I responded stating I had not sold my home and when I did, the buyer would apply for the septic system Operating permit and pay the tax. I ask at that time what service the purchaser of my home would receive for this tax. The county never responded in any way to three e-mails and two phone calls (the method of contact the letter said to use).

I then received a second bill, long since after I had sold my home and moved out of state. The new bill threatened me with prosecution if I didn’t pay the $61.31 plus 10-percent penalty. I wrote the new prosecutor as instructed but never received a response. I am sure there is a warrant out for me. Watch for me on the next Bounty Hunter television show.

Even though Nevada County has the highest property tax rate in the state, they found a new source of income with all the septic systems out there. Thank God I was able to escape before the entire county collapses.

Bill Babbel

Delta, Colo.

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