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City of Westminster, Make Your Overcharges Right!

Peter

For the last couple of years, the city of Westminster, Colorado, has been overcharging homeowner's associations for water.  They are supposed to charge them the residential rate, but they were charging them $.50 more a 1,000 gallons or the commercial rate. This does not seem like much, but after a while it adds up.  Homeowner's associations mostly use their water to irrigate their parks and common areas, plus pools.

But it gets worse.  Once the city was made aware of the problem, they didn't stop charging associations for over six months.  Still taking their money to pad their coffers.  They now owe my homeowner's association over $30,000 and we are not alone.  There are several homeowner's associations that are owed more than we are.  Because of these over charges, are homeowner's association is now in the black.

The City does not know what to do.  They just struggled through a difficult budget negotiation for a city budget, struggling to balance the budget.  Now they must come up with some sort of compensation for these homeowners associations.

It just does not seem responsible or professional for this to happen.  Especially since they are not responding to questions of their own residents.