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Rock Hill Water Standoff Goes To Court

Miller Pond residents continue to wait to hear whether they have to choose between being part of Rock Hill or living without running water. Residents of Miller Pond and two neighboring subdivisions have filed a lawsuit to fight the city's plan to turn off their water. A judge will hear their arguments on Thursday. "We're kind of just playing wait and see and wait and hear at this point," says David Grigg, President of the Miller Pond HOA. He and a hundred other homeowners were getting ready to have their water shut off this past Monday. But the city decided to give talks one more chance. On Wednesday the two sides met. "We had hoped for more of a compromise or discussion of a proposal, but it just didn't work out that way," says Grigg. Miller Pond residents said they would allow the city to annex them, if the city waited ten years to do so. The city wouldn't agree and scheduled another shut-off date for Monday. So, on Thursday, residents sued Rock Hill. Residents of the subdivisions already pay about double the amount city-dwellers do for their water. Those rates would've gone down, but they say being part of Rock Hill would have jacked up their property taxes. Rock Hill officials say they have every right to annex those neighborhoods because more than ten years ago developers struck an agreement with the city. The city would provide water, if residents allowed Rock Hill to annex them in the future. But homeowners say developers didn't tell them about that.