Monday, January 02, 2012

$56K water bill could force condo residents out

COLLEGE PARK, Ga. —A longstanding dispute over a water bill in College Park could end up with the Yorktowne Condominiums shutdown and everyone evicted by Tuesday morning.

The city of College Park said it will shut off water service to the complex at 9 a.m. on Tuesday unless the homeowners association comes up with part of a $336,000 dollar debt the complex has run up in recent years.

Things are so dire the complex is seeking charitable contributions to stay afloat.


Anonymous said...

from the story: One year ago, a fire burned through several units in the complex. Firefighters said their efforts were hampered because private hydrants on the property were not maintained and failed.

Libertarian Utopia!

Intruder2u said...

I say you can drill a pretty deep well for that amount of money.

Anonymous said...

So a legal entity known as the HOA corporation, which has rights as a person under the law, fails to pay its water bills, but the natural persons suffer the consequences.

As comedian Evan Esar wrote back in 1943, a corporation is "a group of persons formed for individual profit without individual responsibility."

Homeowner’s association president Ron Johnson said "the bill exploded in recent years because undetected leaks underground spewed uncontrollably. In recent days, he said the leaks have been found and fixed. Now the only obstacle is money." If it took only a few days to find and fix the leaks, what were the corporate directors doing with the money they have been collecting from the homeowners for the past several years? Obviously not fixing leaks nor paying the water bill.

It will be interesting to see if anybody other than the victims are held accountable for this obvious mismanagement.