COHASSET (CBS) – One South Shore town is considering drastic measures to get residents to pay their outstanding water bills.

Cohasset’s water commissioners want to pull the plug on residents who haven’t paid up, by turning off their water.

The town is owed more than $200,000 in back water bills.

Commission chair Peter DeCaprio says the state revenue department is forcing the board’s hand because of the way it classifies retained earnings.

“They also expect you to institute programs and policies to catch up on that retained earnings deficit. One of the ways they want you to do it is by having an aggressive collections program,” DeCaprio told WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Kim Tunnicliffe.

The town manager is against the idea of water shutoffs because he says they coincide with the holidays.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Kim Tunnicliffe reports

But DeCaprio disputes that claim, saying the crackdown likely won’t start until 2012.

The commissioners say they will work with residents and businesses to come up with payment plans.

Comments (13)
  1. Anonymous says:

    In an era where deadbeat behavior is encouraged, this is refreshing…

  2. JohnC says:

    Whats the problem?

    1. gramps says:

      Ya got that right,

      Cohassett Profile: I’d say you can safely take 20% off all Real Estate figures, to reflect today’s reality….

      With these #’s, being 200K in the hole is nothing…

      Males: 3,571 (48.2%)
      Females: 3,838 (51.8%)

      Median resident age: 40.9 years
      Massachusetts median age: 36.5 years

      Zip codes: 02025.

      Estimated median household income in 2009: $105,963 (it was $84,156 in 2000)

      Cohasset: $105,963
      Massachusetts: $64,081

      Estimated per capita income in 2009: $55,315

      Cohasset town income, earnings, and wages data

      Estimated median house or condo value in 2009: $671,275 (it was $390,300 in 2000)
      Cohasset: $671,275
      Massachusetts: $338,500

      Mean prices in 2009: All housing units: $852,614; Detached houses: $859,853; Townhouses or other attached units: $617,245; In 2-unit structures: $757,676; In 3-to-4-unit structures: $664,739; In 5-or-more-unit structures: $457,673; Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $2,260,114

      Read more:

      Somebody is just looking for attention….


  3. Alex Graziano says:

    I thought they already did this in a lot of towns??

  4. Miley says:

    Who cares if its the holidays, gifts and presents during the holidays is a luxury not a right. Any responsible adult pays what is a necessity first and then if there is money left over then you buy gifts and treats not the other way around

  5. Tsal says:

    First Cohasset is a very wealthy town. Second if it’s a matter of food on the table or bills in this economy then I hope the town is really working with the residents. Someone mentioned gifts. I’m not sure how you can you presume someone not paying for water is buying gifts?

    1. Miley says:

      I said gifts because they said they wouldn’t do it because of the holidays. You put food on the table everyday of the year so why say its because of the holidays? Because people are going to be buying gifts for christmas.

      1. Tsal says:

        I figured it was either keep your home or pay water bill and default on mortgage. I hope your optimism is more accurate

  6. Ali says:

    It is a right to buy gifts because its their HARD EARNED MONEY! Have you ever had to explain to a child/children santa couldnt get the gifts this year?! I know I would rather buy a few gifts for my children than the pay the outstretched hands of bill collectors. And you would know about luxury, probley from Cohasset yourself. These people that owe money are most likely rich arses who dont pay their taxes anyway. But in the end payment plans would be helpful to the people that cant afford it up front. Really hope they try to work it out,

    1. Frank says:

      Fine give the kid a gift and then try to explain to them why they cant flush the toilet, brush their teeth or take a shower

    2. Tsal says:

      Ali sadly in this age of self I’m not sure anyone would understand a parents desire to put gift from Santa under the tree. In like your comment

  7. emom says:

    Does this mean they will also go after those town employee’s that also do not pay their water, sewer & trash bills as well as their tax bills.. I mean after all they too are to pay up Or have their stuff turned off. Or are they in the elite group of entitled self centered ego minded rich folks..
    I think they better look at WHO actually has owed more and for far longer than some residents, I have heard they feel they dont need to pay …

  8. Tsal says:

    GOP debate on. They will tell us how the entitled can expect gifts from Santa under their trees while everyone else needs to support the wealth

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