Did you pay septic tank conversion fees? The City of Vancouver may owe you money!
From 1972 to at least 1999, many residents (citywide) paid fees into a septic tank conversion fund if their homes operated on private septic tanks instead of city sanitary sewer service. These funds were paid under monthly septic penalty fees. Some individuals may have equity in these fees in excess of $7,000 (including interest). These fees were intended to ease the burden of conversion costs from septic tanks to sanitary sewer service where such sewer service was available. In recent meetings with RNA staff, Victor Ehrlich, the City Engineer, stated that the City would be offering a one-time opportunity for residents to claim their equity under the SCIP (Septic Conversion Incentive Program). If residents do not claim the equity under this one-time offer, they will lose the equity altogether. Conversion from septic tanks to sanitary sewer service (where available) enhances property values, and the functionality and health of your property. If you currently have a septic tank system for your home, please contact Victor Ehrlich at 360-696-8008 to find out more about the equity you could claim under the SCIP Program.