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Q: What is Retroactive Sewer Billing?A: The Indianapolis Department of Public Works initiated a county-wide review of sewer
users to ensure the equitable billing of all sewer system users for
services provided. DPW is identifying users, adding them to billing and
calculating retroactive charges. Per the statue of limitations, DPW may
bill users retroactively for up to six years of service. Per City
ordinance Section 671-101 to 115 and Indiana Code IC 36-9-23-1 to 37 and
to 38, DPW is granted the authority to bill charges for sewer services.
The ordinance mandates DPW is entitled to back bill for up to six years
of sewer service.
Q: How far back can I be billed?A: Per the statue of limitations, DPW may bill users retroactively for up to six years of service. However, a property owner is not held responsible for sewer services provided prior to their ownership of the property. For instance, if a property was purchased three years ago, the current property owner could only be billed retroactively for three years of services.
Q: Why wasn’t my sewer bill included in my water bill?A: Water services provided by Indianapolis Water are separate from the sewer services provided by DPW; however, both items should appear on the same bill as separate line items.
Q: Why is DPW doing this now?A: DPW has always made the effort to ensure equitable billing for all sewer users and attempted to identify sewer users not being billed for the services they utilize. At this point in time, DPW is able to conduct a more concentrated effort at identifying these users, due to the availability of additional resources such as better technology and databases.
Q: What are my payment options?A: There are various payment options available. Residents are permitted to pay back the retroactive bill over the same duration as the bill back dates. For instance, if you were billed for six years of retroactive service, you may take up to six years to pay the bill. There is no interest or penalty fee associated with the retroactive billing or for spreading out your payments over time assuming the account remains current.
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