Mis­lead­ing on costs

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -


My thanks to Kapi-Mana News for pub­lish­ing my let­ter [Jan­uary 25] un­der the head­ing Yet More Costs, re­gard­ing coun­cil by­law part 25 for on-site waste wa­ter sys­tems.

In his re­sponse, David Rolfe is some­what eco­nom­i­cal with the facts since he fails to men­tion that the reg­is­tra­tion fee of $90 has to be paid ev­ery time the sep­tic tank is pumped out (at a cost of $450) and that a war­rant of fit­ness has to be ob­tained from an ‘‘ap­proved per­son’’ at a cost of $200 to $1000.

His es­ti­mated an­nual cost of $10 to $15 is mis­lead­ing in the ex­treme.

Fas­ci­nat­ing, is it not, that prior to my let­ter, an oblig­a­tory three­year pump-out pe­riod was to ap­ply, with an un­spec­i­fied de­gree of flex­i­bil­ity for longer pe­ri­ods at coun­cil dis­cre­tion. For the first time, and as a re­sult of my let­ter, David Rolfe has at last stated a spec­i­fied time pe­riod of six to nine

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