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village water bills (by Jim [IL]) Mar 30, 2012 1:24 PM
       village water bills (by reid [KS]) Mar 30, 2012 1:42 PM
       village water bills (by Virden [OH]) Mar 30, 2012 5:28 PM

village water bills (by Jim [IL]) Posted on: Mar 30, 2012 1:24 PM

State Specific Question About: ILLINOIS (IL)

Each unit on my rental property has its own separate water meter. The town has a minimum usage requirement of 2000 gallons per month the fee is $75 unless the meter shows usage over 2000 gallons.

The township folks informed us they had a village ordinance that required the manager/owner to collect the water bill fee from the tenants. This sounded strange, so we asked to see the "ordinance" in writing. Turned out they lied there was no written village ordinance. So, they called a special meeting to draft the "ordinance". Is this legal? Other places I have property in make the resident pay a deposit and refund the deposit when the tenant leaves.

After we caught them I asked why did they have us collect their fees? The clerk told me because she didn't want to have to deal with bad checks.

Also, they charge us 15% monthly if we pay the bill late. I was sick and in the hospital for several months in 2011. The amount they are claiming is 400% more than the actual bill was. Is this legal??

any ideas...


village water bills (by reid [KS]) Posted on: Mar 30, 2012 1:42 PM

As I Understand it the legality of something has little to do with the way government is conducted in Illinois. (LOL)

I hope you attended the city council meeting and spoke against the proposed new ordinance? Go to and your local newspaper and get the word out to others in you community about the way city hall is running things. Cockroaches scatter when the light is shined on them.

village water bills (by Virden [OH]) Posted on: Mar 30, 2012 5:28 PM

The department who installs and reads the meters can not perform collection? I guess I would remove the meters until they can figure out a way to work like the gallon milk jugs or the filling station where diesel and gasoline are purchased.

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