Lilly Man Could Lose Home Over Sewer Bill

By Christian Heilman

Published 06/25 2014 05:45PM

Updated 06/25 2014 05:48PM

LILLY, CAMBRIA COUNTY -- the Lilly Water Authority says John Saparo hasn't paid his sewer bill for more than 4 years. But john says he doesn't have the money to pay it.
“That's all I'm after is justice,” Saparo said. “I'm not trying to get over on anybody or do anything illegal.”
He lives on a fixed income of $750 per month. His home burned down in July 2011 and he says the borough has continued to charge him for water and sewer.
“If I owed money for water I’d gladly pay it but $15,000 is ridiculous,” Saparo said.
He rebuilt a small part of his house so he could live there, but he still doesn't have running water. The case went to court, and he negotiated his $27,000 bill down to $15,000.
But that's money he still doesn't have.
Saparo said, “Where 15,000 dollars comes from, I don't know. They're trying to get blood out of a rock.”
He knows the borough can put a lean on his house, and he also knows that he doesn’t have the money to pay. At the end of the day, all he has is hope.
He has until July 7 to appeal, but he doesn't have a lawyer to represent him right now.

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