A village can't force one to drink tap water...turn on lights...flush toilets. But they can force people to have access to these amenities; and, by virtue of their NOT using these things, they can enforce public safety concerns.
The fire department is covered by the property tax, but water lines are not.
I should note I have an off grid home, and do not have city / county required services or even a grid tie in requirement. But please note this is also a LONG ways from any town in an extremely rural area. I also own a home in a city that I keep for when I work in town. This home gets its power from solar, but I still pay for utility connections. The utility company was required to install power lines to my home (in the city), they made an investment, and in return they were promised a connection charge from that property forever. It does not matter that I cut off using their juice. I also can't install a leach field or septic tank on my property in the city because it can effect water supplies in the area (again in the city) but this certainly isn't the case at my rural home. And what of garbage? I'm required to pay for garbage service at my home in the city even if I'm not there, but yet I am not in the rural location.
You see how much information we don't have with this story? How old is her home? Was it built when individual wells and septic systems were allowed or not? Were city services extended to the property, and how are they paid for? The stories (two) that I've read about this case jump to conclusions without all the facts. At my rural location I would agree no services are necessary, no fees and no government required. At my city location, I knew when I bought it, that it came with city services that must be paid for.
"What difference" "does it make?"
It ironic when you think about. In about 15 years or probably less you won't be able to finance a 30 year home loan in south Florida. Miami and a portion of the land and coast north will be under sea water. That's not a maybe. It is growing struggle now to provide potable water in some areas.
Coral Springs is down near Ft. Lauderdale, no where near where I'd want to live to begin with. If I did own a home there and if I wasn't planning on selling it and getting the hell out while I could I too would be looking to live off the grid. It's a wise move.
In the desert in Arizona some people are beginning to find they have the same problem with living on the grid regarding electricity. In short, the power companies want to charge off grid fees that would almost negate the off grid homeowner power savings. A recent newspaper exposť traced the efforts back to energy companies owned by the Koch Brothers.
"When Faith preaches Hate, Blessed are the Doubters." - Amin Maalouf