What happens if I don't pay my monthly sewer bill?

If the charges on a sewer bill are not paid when due, a one-time late payment penalty of 10% of the latest billed amount is added to the charges. Additionally, interest is attached and accrued on unpaid charges computed at a rate of 8% per annum starting on the next day after the billing due date until paid. The interest shall be applied monthly on the entire unpaid balance, excluding any accrued interest, foreclosure costs, and all lien recording and release fees.

A lien may be placed on a property for accounts that are in excess of 60 days delinquent. A collection letter will be mailed to the property owner and the mortgage company regarding the delinquent lien amount. The collection letter will list the amount of charges in arrears and will explain that the customer must pay the charges in full. The collection letter will also provide notice that under the Revised Code of Washington, Pierce County may bring a foreclosure action against the property 60 days after the attachment of the lien.

The lien will be filed for all delinquent rates, fees and/or charges due in accordance with Pierce County Code Title 13.13.040. The lien amount will include late payment penalties together with accrued interest at 8% per annum from the date due until paid. The lien will attach and foreclose pursuant to RCW 36.94.150.

Typically, payments are applied to the oldest charges first. However, once a lien has been established, only payments satisfying the lien in its entirety will be accepted in release of the lien.

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2. How do I read my sewer bill?
3. How do I start or stop my service?
4. What are the current sewer rates and charges?
5. When is my bill due?
6. How do I pay my sewer bill?
7. What is the new Customer Portal?
8. How do I set up my Customer Portal?
9. What if I don’t have an email address?
10. Why did my bill due date change?
11. Will my rate increase from the new Customer Portal?
12. Is the Customer Portal secure to use?
13. I forgot my customer portal password, how do I reset it?
14. Do you offer automatic payments?
15. What is the convenience fee for online payments?
16. Do you accept debit or credit card payments?
17. Do you accept payment over the phone?
18. Who is responsible for paying the sewer bill?
19. What happens if I don't pay my monthly sewer bill?
20. What is the 'Late Fee' on my bill?
21. What if my check is returned by the bank?
22. Why does my account have a lien?
23. How do I get the lien released?
24. How is payment credited to my account in the event a lien is placed?
25. What if my billing address changes?
26. How do I add a tenant?