Hi, long time lurker, first time poster to this forum…
There’s a petition I’ve been asked to sign to bring sewers to our neighborhood. There are about 100 houses, all on 1/2 acre lots, all on septic fields, and all built about 25 years ago. Some of my neighbors’ septic fields are beginning to fail, prompting this petition.
I can’t decide if the up-front costs, and the 15 year assessment are worth it. My gut says yes, but I can’t find any evidence making this the no-brainer I’d hoped for.
25 years ago, our neighborhood was quite rural, but now, new homes are being built all around. These new homes are being built right on top of each other - five to an acre, and are fetching quite a bit more than what my wife and I paid when we moved into our older neighborhood a year ago :). My thought is that bringing modern sewers to my mature 1/2 acre lot, surrounded by these new more-expensive postage-stamp-sized lots, will pay for itself and then some in terms of equity and resale value.
But a $5k up-front lump sum, and $15k assessment is a lot harder to swallow if it’s unneccessary and doesn’t help the resale an equal amount. Especially since our septic system was inspected when we moved in, and deemed worthy.
So my question is, does anyone have an opinion or first hand experience whether this is worth it?