MSD may have to pay millions in lawyer fees

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ST. LOUIS, MO. (KTVI) - You Paid For It questions the head of the Metropolitan Sewer District Board of Trustees about a roll of the dice that could cost the agency millions of dollars.

MSD gambled on a storm water charge to customers. Instead of putting its desire for more money, it just imposed the charge.

Both a trial court and appeals court have ruled the charge is a tax and needed to be put before voters.

The matter is now in the hands of the Missouri Supreme Court that could rule any day.

Any addition to being on the hook for $1.47 million for its own lawyers if it loses the case, MSD could have to pay $2.5 million for the plaintiff's lawyer bills.

That's not the worst of it. The plaintiff's are asking that MSD be forced to repay $90.8 million, money it's already collected from the public.

MSD watchdog Tom Sullivan calls this a losing deal from the start that will only benefit the lawyers. He says MSD could have avoided all this by just putting the matter to voters in the first place.

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