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STATE SENATOR

Marilyn Moore

Honesty & Integrity

WPCA Bill Passes in Committee

I am pleased to announce that my WPCA bill passed in the General Assembly’s Planning and Development Committee. House Bill 5509 will now move forward to be voted on in the House and Senate. This legislation would protect Connecticut homeowners from unfair and abusive Water Pollution Control Authority (WPCA) proceedings and charges that sometimes result in wrongful home foreclosures. I delivered testimony in support of the bill earlier this month during a public hearing.

My office began looking into this issue last year after receiving numerous complaints from Bridgeport homeowners who said the local WPCA was using predatory and discriminatory billing tactics. Based on our investigation into the procedures for collection of overdue WPCA bills, it was clear that attorney fees and collection costs contributed to foreclosures more than the actual delinquent sewage bill. The WPCA has initiated foreclosure proceeding on seniors, veterans, and low-income people. In Bridgeport alone, there were 666 liens on homes as a result of WPCA in 2015. The WPCA and outside attorneys can profit from this practice.

I will not stand for city homeowners being targeted and having their lives destroyed so the WPCA can profit at their expense. Even more troubling, the foreclosures seem to disproportionately affect African-Americans, Latinos, seniors, veterans, and low-income people in the Bridgeport area. People should be given an honest chance to pay their sewer bills.

The bill would:

  • Prohibit an assessor from purchasing properties they have any involvement with
  • Designate the WPCA as a public utility and to come under the authority of the Public Utilities Regulation Authority (PURA)
  • Prohibit collection and attorney fees to be calculated as a part of the trigger amount for foreclosure