Thursday, September 11, 2014

Lawyers: Documents show Detroiters were blindsided by faulty water department billing

Posted By on Thu, Sep 11, 2014 at 5:01 PM

This just in: According to documents obtained by civil rights attorneys, Detroiters were unfairly hit with six years'  worth of retroactive sewerage fees totaling more than $100 million. 
“Those looking to blame Detroit residents for their lack of ability to pay their bills should instead be blaming Detroit officials for the mismanagement that contributed to this crisis,” said Monique Lin-Luse, an attorney with NAACP Legal Defense Fund. “Hitting residents with six years’ worth of retroactive, cumulative sewage bills at a time when they are struggling to pay existing water bills is adding insult to injury.”
The ACLU of Michigan and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund have released this video explaining why the hurry to shut off customers' water was flawed from the beginning.
“Revelations like this make the rush to resume water service shut-offs still more unconscionable,” says Kary Moss, ACLU of Michigan executive director. “Instead of addressing the needs of Detroit residents with an affordability plan, accurate bills, and an improved dispute process, the Department set thousands up to fail by sending them bills impossible to pay.”
Curious? Want to learn more? Watch this video from the ACLU of Michigan on this issue, and monitor the organization's blog.

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