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Posted by bukzin on July 31, 2011 at 7:38 AM

In Reply to: Re: Morality posted by Dizzyinvestor on July 30, 2011 at 3:07 PM

: Kristine, thank you for your replies. Sometimes everyone may not have enough information to make a moral judgements call. If I find that not paying a bill that I did not sign up for or used any of there services hurts some other innocent person, I'll pay. I'm here asking to gain more info to make that decision. I don't know everything in this world to automatically know what is moral or not.

: A similar question would be like is it immoral to not pay a photo enforced right turn red light violation in los angeles. Some would consider that an honest question.

: I paid my community water bill which I signed up for. I did not use the trash services from the city. I had a separate demo and hauling sub for that. Any sewage use was only from testing certain fixtures. So to sum it up, I'm looking for an argument for and against.
: I most certainly will probably pay this bill because I don't like any loose ends.

: : Should you pay due to moral obligations? Hmmm. Someone who asks strangers on a message board about moral obligations.....I think that sums up your commitment to morality. :) Dude, morality is personal. Look within.

: :
: : : : Many times the water in the ground is owned by the utility co. So even with a well you will get a bill. It is never very big though.

: : : Seems we've gone off on a tangent. Thanks for thus replies though.

: : : The Well is owned by a community of homes and NOT owned in any ways by the city.
: : : Escrow and title are clear for closing. There are no other contingencies.
: : : The question is if i should pay due to morale obligations and if there could be any recourse which I don't see. Title will change and they could not charge the new owner. They're not even clear who the current owner (me) is.

In some parts of California (and elsewhere) the water districts require new owner
to pay past owners bills.

In addition if the water service has been turned off for lack of payment they
will require a 'back-flow device' to be installed at new owners expense.
Approx $ 1,500.
We have paid up to $2500 to simply get the water turned on.

I have protested these fees and my attorney says the option
is to not have water. These water companies hold the cards if
you want water, you pay.

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