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Suite 201
Marriottsville, MD
21104

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410.442.7774 fax

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LIST OF ENTITIES WE BILL FOR:
 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Other names for Water and Sewer Facilities Assessments?

What is this for?

Doesn’t my water and sewer bill cover this?

Can this be enforced?

Who is responsible for the charges?

Why didn’t my title company tell me about this when I purchased my home?

Where can I find the legal documentation backing this?

How can I pay this/what payment methods do you accept?

How will I know you have received my payment/will you send me a receipt?

To whom do I make this payable to?

When is this due?

Can I pay in installments?

Can I prepay?

What happens when I pay in full?

The previous owner has incurred a large amount of debt on this account.  What do I do?

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Other common names for the Water & Sewer Facilities Assessment
Your Water & Sewer Facilities Assessment may also be called a Front Foot Benefit Fee or Water & Sewer Facilities Charges.

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What are the charges for? 
Previously, the county governments installed the water and sewer lines in subdivisions and recouped the cost of construction over a period of years by either a “front foot benefit charge” or an addition to the real estate tax bill. However, MOST counties no longer install these facilities in new subdivisions and require the developer of the community to construct them as part of its responsibilities. The developer then arranges for a company to construct the necessary facilities, with the costs to be recouped over a number of years, similar to the county system. The county does have ongoing responsibility for the maintenance of the water and sewer lines which have been dedicated for public use.

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Doesn’t my water bill cover this? 
No, your quarterly water bill pays for water and sewer usage and is imposed by the utilities provider based on the amount of water it supplies you (and the volume of sewerage it processes). If the county had constructed the facilities in your neighborhood, you would still have to pay both a water and sewer usage bill and a facilities assessment.

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Enforceability
The assessment is a legal and enforceable charge, just as homeowners association dues and condominium fees are. Recordation of the right to collect the charges is in the county land records and constitutes a lien against the property.

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Who is responsible for the charges?
You, as the owner of your home, are responsible for paying the charges. Your bank or mortgage company may have established an escrow account for the charges, just as it did for your homeowners insurance and real estate property taxes. You should confirm this, and if an escrow was established, forward the bill to your lender with a request that it be paid from your escrow account. You will continue to receive a bill even if it is paid through your escrow. Please remember, however, that as the property owner, you are ultimately responsible for payment of the charges.

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Why didn’t my title company tell me about this when I purchased my home?
Your title company should have disclosed this to you when you purchased your home.  Unfortunately, many times title companies miss this assessment fee during their title search. If this has been the case with your property, and there is an outstanding balance incurred by the previous owner, please contact your title company. Your title insurance may cover the previous outstanding balance.

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Where can I find the legal documentation backing this?
A copy of the declaration can be found in the county land records. Your HUD-1 settlement statement should contain a line entitled Water & Sewer Facilities Assessment, Water & Sewer Facilities Charge, Front Foot Benefit Fee, W.A.S., or F.F.B.

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How can I pay this/what payment methods do you accept?
We accept check or money order by mail. You may also pay your bill online.

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How will I know that you received my payment/will you send me a receipt?
Due to the magnitude of payments we process on a daily basis for each billing cycle, it is impossible for us to send every homeowner a receipt of their payment. Please refer to the copy of your cancelled check from your bank as receipt confirmation. 

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To whom do I make this payable?
Please make all checks payable to the company that services your property. For a complete listing of properties, please refer back to the individual utility company pages.

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When is this due?
The due date for every property is different. The due date can be found on the left side of the bill about two quarters down on the page.  For further confirmation, please view our highlighted sample bill.

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Can I pay in installments?
We are willing to accept payment plans; however, you must contact our office when you receive your first invoice for the assessment year. Interest will assess accordingly.

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Can I prepay?
Yes. You are always welcome to send in payments ahead of time to be credited to your account for the next billing cycle. You also have the right to pay this assessment in full for the amount equal to the present value of the future assessments discounted at a rate of 6% per annum. If interested please contact us via phone or e-mail as listed on your  utility companies page.

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What happens when I pay in full?
If you pay off the assessment, you will receive the 6% discount on all remaining assessments beyond one year. At this time a partial release from the declaration will be submitted to the county land records. Once this assessment is paid in full, should you sell your home, no refunds will be issued.

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The previous owner has incurred a large amount of debt on this account.
What do I do?

Contact your title company. Your title insurance may cover the outstanding balance of the previous owner depending on your contract.

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