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Old 04-09-2015, 08:00 AM
 
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Hi All,

My wife and I have seen several houses which have septic systems but are included in sewer districts and pay the associated taxes. A little web searching showed that it is possible to get property removed from a district, but that doesn't seem to have happened for most houses. Is it really hard to get removed or are there some downsides? Otherwise it is hard to understand why people are still paying (and if we would have to if we bought).

Thanks.
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Old 04-09-2015, 08:27 AM
 
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Hi All,

My wife and I have seen several houses which have septic systems but are included in sewer districts and pay the associated taxes. A little web searching showed that it is possible to get property removed from a district, but that doesn't seem to have happened for most houses. Is it really hard to get removed or are there some downsides? Otherwise it is hard to understand why people are still paying (and if we would have to if we bought).

Thanks.
While I am not sure of the rules everywhere in the county, in my town (Cortlandt) if a sewer district is created, you are in no matter what. My town will only create a district if a super majority of the people in the district want it. We tried to get one going and we had about 68% of the howeowners in favor, and the town told us they would not do it unless it were over 80%. They said even then, there would be hearings and it was not a sure thing. The closer to 90% the better. But, once the district is created, all the homes in the district pay the assessment for creating the system. If you choose not to hook up to it, its up to you. I think when we tried, it was about $2500 per home, per year, for 30 years, to create the system. After that the assessment goes down to a couple of hundred per year, about the same as the cost of upkeep for a septic system.
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Old 04-10-2015, 12:00 PM
 
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This is where I got the idea that it was possible. My home is on septic, yet my tax bill shows that I pay Westchester County Sewer Tax. Can I have my property withdrawn from the sewer district? | Harrison NY
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Old 04-12-2015, 09:20 AM
 
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You may be paying a small tax to be a in the district but not paying the higher
amount for discharging waste into the sewer.

If your septic system fails, you will be glad to be able to connect to the sewer.
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Old 04-12-2015, 09:51 AM
 
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Could it be that you get your water from the district ? If you don't have your own well, then you are using the water/sewer district facilities so you would owe the tax.
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Old 04-12-2015, 10:59 AM
 
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You may be paying a small tax to be a in the district but not paying the higher
amount for discharging waste into the sewer.

If your septic system fails, you will be glad to be able to connect to the sewer.
The cost of putting in a new septic out here in the boonies of the Southern Tier runs into the thousands, so I can only imagine what the costs would be just outside NYC, especially in an area with relatively small lots where there's only a limited area in which to site it.
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