I read with interest your article “Royal flush” (Feb. 24) on the Los Osos sewer mess.
You seem to have gotten most of your impressions from the bankruptcy duo of Jeff Edwards and Julie Tacker: Jeff, having to file personal bankruptcy, and Julie, one of the five LOCSD directors causing the LOCSD bankruptcy.
Your “30 years” timeline shows that the longer we delay, the more we’re going to have to pay. All this stalling was because people didn’t want to pay for a sewer system, and they haven’t had to pay for 30 years. Now the time has come to pay the piper.
With all the information you put out, I don’t think you made it clear that if the county gets its act together, we will have to start paying for the $25,000 assessment starting with our Dec. 10, 2011, tax bill. You’re right about the operation and maintenance costs that won’t come due until we hook up sometime after 2014.
Your on-lot costs are way out of line on the high side. I know that I can connect up to the sewer system myself for approximately $750 as follows: $350 to pump out the septic tank, $150 for sand to fill the septic tank for abandonment, and $250 for 35 feet of ABS pipe, an ABS backflow preventor, an ABS cleanout, an access box, and ABS glue. This is what most people will have to pay if they can dig a ditch in sand and glue ABS pipe.
Even though you took the scary route, I enjoyed your article. Stop by any time for a look at typical house and plans to be connected to the sewer system.