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.