Deal Reached In Passaic, NJ Over 20-Year Water Bill

PASSAIC, NJ (AP) — The owner of a 96-unit apartment building in New Jersey has agreed to pay $150,000 for 20 years of water and sewer service.

The settlement was reached after nearly two years of negotiations between Gregory Realty LLC and the Passaic Valley Water Commission. The commission had sought $1.6 million, but agreed to settle for less after its attempt to collect interest was rebuffed.

The apartment building received millions of gallons of water from 1989 until 2009. It was never billed because the meter didn’t work and meter readers never discovered the problem.

Commission Executive Director Joseph Bella told The Record newspaper he’s disappointed with the settlement.

Bella says the utility is trying to determine if there are other customers receiving free service.
    
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  1. JIM says:

    THEY LET THEM GET INTEREST IN NY. IF THE METER WASN,T WORKING ITS NOT HIS FAULT HE SHOULDN’T AHVE TO PAY ANYTHING GOVERNMENTS AND LARGE CORPORATIONS THINK THEY CAN DO ANYTHING.

    1. KPMc says:

      He didn’t notice he wasn’t being billed? So it’s ok to just steal services if no one notices? What business are you in so I can come by and take a few things while you’re not looking.

  2. Barry Levine says:

    I pay two thousand a year for water and sewer charges for a one family building in Seagate, New York.Twenty years of charges comes to forty thousand dollars. This guy is getting away with double murder. The way I figure it if he paid a thousand dollars per year per apartment times twenty years the bill would be one point nine mil. WOTTA BREAK THIS GUY IS GETTING AND THE REST OF THE COMMUNITY IS PAYING FOR IT!!!!

    I would suggest that this guy complain that the charge is too much and maybe he can get out of paying alltogether!!!

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