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Collier hoping to flush septic inspection law
*Posted: Sep 20, 2011 4:34 PM EDT **Updated: Sep 20, 2011 5:57 PM EDT *By Saundra Weathers, NBC2 Reporter - email
A Florida law recently passed requires Florida residents who use a septic system to shell out hundreds of dollars in cash for inspections. But Collier County leaders are asing state law makers to repeal it.
Lee McCaskey uses a septic tank at his home and he thinks the new septic tank inspection law stinks.
“You have to pay a rather high fee to have the system inspected and approved by someone who claims to be or have authority on the subject,” he said.
The law, approved by the legislature last year, requires residents to have their septic systems inspected every five years.
“If the system is set up properly from day one, you’ll never have to touch it,” McCaskey said.
But the new law doesn’t exclude septic systems - good or bad.
“I think the law is poorly written as it is,” said McCaskey.
Poorly written or a total rip off is how many people have many described it - including county leaders.
“I don’t think we need to reinvent the wheel on this and we definitely do not have to cause residents any financial harm,” said Collier County Commissioner Jim Coletta.
Though it may cause financial harm for some, lawmakers originally put the law on the books to help protect spring waters - something Coletta says isn’t a problem in Collier.
And, he says, it’s certainly not a good reason for residents to shell out hundreds of dollars.
“It would be a private contractor. He would charge you a fee and if there was something wrong with your septic system, real or imaginary, you would have no recourse,” he said.
No recourse, meaning no second opinion and potentially a big bill.
“You don’t have the ability according to law to get a second opinion or even a third opinion,” said McCaskey.
County leaders say they plan to do all they can to put an end to this law by asking for a repeal. Until then, residents like McCaskey will have to just have to wait and see.