Tops Trailer Park residents won't have sewer shut off
Despite past due notices hung on the doors at Tops Trailer Park last week, the city is not planning to shut off sewer service at the park.
On Wednesday, Nov. 20, the residents of Tops Trailer Park received past due notices for city sewer service in the amount of $17,706.20. The notices warned that service could be discontinued by Friday, Nov. 29, but the city is not planning to shut the sewer service off.
According to someone familiar with the trailer park rent space agreement, sewer and water is included in rent space at the park.
City Finance Director Kristal Hughes said that while she could not comment on specific accounts, the city's policy is to add delinquent sewer bills to the property's tax rolls, not to shut down sewer service.
Because the city does not have information on rental agreements, if a landlord's account is delinquent, all tenants will get a notice.
"It truly is a notification system," she said.
This is the first year the city has followed the process, Hughes said.
She said if anyone wants to understand the process — including renters — the city would be happy to talk with them.
Tops Trailer Park is owned by Skyliners MHP LLC. The local phone number is no longer in service, and multiple calls to the company's Bend office went unanswered.
According to 2019-20 Jefferson County tax records, Skyliners MHP LLC owed $19,365.75 for its delinquent sewer account and $4,553.64 in delinquent taxes.
Hughes said once sewer accounts are added to the tax rolls, they are collected by the county.
"Any delinquent notices pertain to current past due accounts," she said.
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