Woman sues Nitro to stop city from assessing property fees

By Molly English-Bowers | Oct 6, 2015

CHARLESTON--A Kanawha County woman is suing the city of Nitro, alleging wrongful service bills for land she no longer owns.


CHARLESTON--A Kanawha County woman is suing the city of Nitro, alleging wrongful service bills for land she no longer owns.

Connie Roberts filed the lawsuit Aug. 28 in Kanawha Circuit Court against the city of Nitro.

According to the complaint, even after Roberts settled the mortgage for 1811 18th St., Nitro, on Aug. 16, 2011, and transferring a quit claim deed, the city continues to assess municipal service fees and property maintenance fees from 2011 until today. They total nearly $2,300, the suit says.

On June 10, the lawsuit states, the city filed a municipal service fee lien and further threatened the plaintiff that if the fees are not paid, it will suspend her driver's license.

Roberts seeks equitable relief, including release of the lien, actual and punitive damages, attorney fees, court costs and a jury trial. She is represented by attorneys Sarah K. Brown, Bren J. Pomponio and Daniel F. Hedges of Mountain State Justice Inc. in Charleston. The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge Tod J. Kaufman.

Kanawha Circuit Court case number 15-C-1633.

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