LANCASTER - The Prathers' house is hooked up to city sewerage, but they would have just as soon stuck to their septic tank than been stuck with the $3,000 bill.
Five houses on Danville Street were tapped into city sewerage in July. Owners signed easements for the city to put in the sewer line in front of their property and received letters from the city about the costs.
There are now only 10 houses inside the city limits that don't have city sewerage.
When Rodney Johnston had problems with his septic system, the county health department approached the city about extending the lines to his house, said Millard Rose, Lancaster's interim utilities manager.
City ordinance requires that all homes within 100 feet of a sewer line be connected to city sewerage. Once Johnston was hooked on, then his neighbor would have been within 100 feet and then the next neighbor until all five houses would have had to connect, Rose said.