Judge hears argument in lawsuit over city storm water fees

Judge hears argument in lawsuit over city storm water fees

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

The City of Lubbock in court over its 2015 storm water rate structure. 

The lawsuit focuses on the city's right to charge what the plaintiffs call exorbitant fees in the drainage system. 

In the suit plaintiffs argue the city is making a profit from the storm water fees and using them to pay for general obligation debt instead of paying toward debt service for revenue bonds or other drainage revenue pledged securities or obligations.

Attorneys argued their clients are entitled to a refund of all drainage fees illegally collected by or on behalf of the city, specifically on or after Sept. 2, 2013.

On the other side, the city argues Lubbock has the right to assess the extra fees as it is a home grown municipality. Attorneys for the city argue the authorization comes from the Certificate of Obligation Act and voters are not required to approve the fee structure. 

Now that both side have presented their arguments the presiding judge will make a ruling. That decision is not expected before the new year.

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