By Meghann M. Cuniff / Staff Writer
June 17, 2015
Updated: June 18, 2015 – 6:13 p.m.
- State pushes back on San Juan Capistrano’s tiered water rate ruling
- San Juan Capistrano water customers to get refunds for tiered rates
- San Juan Capistrano won’t appeal water-rate ruling
- San Juan Capistrano asks court to reconsider tiered water rates case
- San Juan Capistrano water rates lawsuit grew from grassroots effort to statewide implications
- Victorious San Juan Capistrano water users want a refund
San Juan Capistrano has set aside $4.1 million to refund residents and businesses who paid for water under steep tiers recently deemed illegal by an appellate court panel.
Each of the city’s approximately 11,300 water customers must complete a form from City Hall to be refunded for money paid for the city’s top tiers.
The rates were implemented in 2010, but only money paid from Aug. 28, 2013, when an Orange County Superior Court judge declared them illegal, to when new rates were implemented after June 30, 2014, will be repaid.
Anyone who was charged under the top three of four tiers – $4.24, $6.37 and $11.67 per 100 cubic feet –will be reimbursed based on the base rate, which was $3.18.
The refunds come at a still uncertain time for the groundbreaking case, which has been closely watched by water experts and municipalities across drought-stricken California.
The state Attorney General’s Office requested June 5 that the California Supreme Court unpublish the April 20 appellate ruling, which would make it relevant only to San Juan Capistrano and not applicable in cases involving other water agencies.
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