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Septic reminder idea raises big stink

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. - The idea of making rural residents pay $9 a year for a postcard reminder to get their septic systems inspected sounds like a load of you-know-what to some local officials.

The reminder would only be mailed out every three years, which some say raises the fee to $27 per postcard.

"They should not be assessed that $27," Supervisor Howard Ludwigson said when the issue came before the Eau Claire County Board this week. The supervisors voted unanimously to delay a vote on the fee.

The board had received written objections from the towns of Fairchild, Lincoln, Union and Bridge Creek over the postcard reminder proposed by the City-County Health Department to make sure homeowners follow state laws for septic systems. A law passed last year requires counties to send reminders to all owners of the systems.

"It appears to us it's more job creation or job security for someone at the City-County Health Department," complained Dean Zimmerman, town of Lincoln chairman.

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