Mexico Residents Cause Big Stink
But city officials say that's not the case.
"People that live on Elmwood Drive think that since they were annexed in 1949, the city taxes should have furnished them sewers, and in the city of Mexico, of course it doesn't," said Tanna Parish, Mexico's city manager. "Like most cities in Missouri, it doesn't use tax money to support the sewer system. It's an enterprise fund and it supports itself through fees."
A septic tank from the Rotenburgers' house empties into this lagoon behind me. It puts out a smell so bad that the Rotenburgers say they can smell it from their home just a short distance away. The city agreed to install a lift station to help the problem, but as a tax payer, Rotenburger says that's not enough.
"We just want what's fair," she said.
Officials say they need more time and more research before they can come to a solutionRotenburger planned to bring up the issue at Monday's city council meeting.