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Lubbock city leaders respond to storm water fee lawsuit

Published: Oct. 12, 2015 at 4:44 PM CDT|Updated: Jan. 10, 2016 at 6:41 PM CST
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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Lubbock city leaders have now responded to a lawsuit accusing the city of overcharging for storm water fees, and transferring those funds illegally. According to their response, the city denies each and every allegation.

John Beck, owner of Beck Steel, Inc. in north Lubbock, filed the suit in August. He claims the city is overcharging residents for storm water fees, and illegally using some of that money to pay for other city debt. Last month, Beck amended the suit to call for refunds.

Beck claims that $15-million in drainage charge revenues are not being used for storm water purposes. In their response, the city says the money is being used for storm water projects, as well as street maintenance and playa lake maintenance which, they say, are integral components of the city's drainage system.

In their response, the city requests that the plaintiffs take nothing from the suit, and that the city retain its immunity from suit and liability pertaining to money damages. It also requests that the court find that the city's streets and playa lakes are an integral component of the city's drainage system and that city has not illegally charged rate payers

The city is asking that it be awarded reasonable attorney's fees.

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