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Communities may offer financial help to homeowners with failed septic systems. Betterments are one way to offer help.
Communities may provide financial assistance to homeowners for the repair, replacement, or upgrade of failed septic systems using Betterment Agreements. On-site sewage disposal systems options include conventional septic systems (Title 5) as well as Innovative/Alternative (I/A) systems or connection to an existing sewer, if available.
A Betterment is a Financial Agreement between a homeowner and the community. The "Betterment Agreement" outlines the rights and responsibilities of the community and the homeowner for the repair, replacement or upgrade of the homeowner's on-site system. Usually the homeowner contracts with a licensed installer and engineer to perform the necessary work. If you are interested, contact your local Board of Health for more information. This fact sheet provides some basic factual information as it relates to Betterment Agreements.
The homeowner is liable for the repayment of all direct and indirect expenses incurred by the Board of Health in connection with the repair, replacement and/or upgrade of the on-site system. Usually, there is no penalty for an early payoff of a betterment loan. Otherwise, a homeowner pays off the betterment loan over time, as an additional line item on their property tax bill. If a betterment lien exists against a property, it jumps ahead of any other outstanding debt on the property.
For more detailed information on Betterments, contact your local Board of Health.