Thursday, March 20, 2008

Agony of Defeat II

Just a quick follow up to a post from a few weeks ago. I had written about losing a surcharge trial. My clients, the Board of Auditors, have directed me to file an appeal. I filed my Notice to the Commonwealth Court last week. I will update as progress occurs on this case.

Friday, March 7, 2008

Sewer Service Fee Upheld

A recent Commonwealth Court opinion has uphled the municipality's fee for sewer service. In Washington Realty Co. v. Municipality of Bethel Park, 937 A.2d 1146 (Pa. Cmwlth. 2007) the municipality charged a $30 customer service fee for each of the premises. The owner of an apartment building argued that premises meant one building, but the municipality defined premises as each apartment unit. The Commonwealth Court ruled the fee was rational, not excessive and it affirmed the municipality's definition of premises.