Resolution #21-20: A Resolution of the Vernon Township Municipal Utilities Authority Setting Forth Its Position in Regard to the Collection of Unpaid Sewer Service Charges

Date of Adoption: February 18, 2021

WHEREAS, the Vernon Township Municipal Utilities Authority (“VTMUA”) has the authority to charge, collect and enforce the collection of sewer service charges resulting from the use of the Vernon Township sewer collection system; and

WHEREAS, the non-payment of sewer service charges by rate payers adversely affects the paying users of the sewer collection by, among other things, unfairly shifting the financial burden to paying users of the system; and

WHEREAS, the VTMUA has worked diligently to reduce costs to all the users of the system while at the same time maintaining a high level of service to its customers; and

WHEREAS, this diligence has resulted in the EDU rate for 2021 remaining flat from the previous year, something that has not been accomplished heretofore; and

WHEREAS, as of the date of this Resolution there exists approximately $300,000.00 in unpaid and delinquent sewer service charges; and

WHEREAS, delinquent rate payers are unfairly enjoying the benefit of the system without bearing any of the financial responsibility for maintaining same; and

WHEREAS, the Legislature has, pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40A:14B-42, empowered the VTMUA to impose and enforce liens against the real property of delinquent users of the system by selling the liens to third parties or, if not purchased by a third party, foreclosing on said lien; and

WHEREAS, as the owner of the sewer collection system, the Township is the enforcing party for purposes of the aforementioned process; and

WHEREAS, the Township has pursued, and continues to pursue, collection of the unpaid sewer service charges in accordance with the statute; and

WHEREAS, the VTMUA desires to formally express its support both for the collection and enforcement of delinquent accounts and its commitment to aggressively pursue outstanding accounts.

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED by the Commissioners of the Vernon Township Municipal Utilities Authority that the Commissioners do hereby formally state its support of utilizing all available collection efforts and further states its commitment to reducing the amount of delinquencies so as to benefit the users of the sewer collection system.