ST. LOUIS (KTVI) - You Paid For It digs into the big MSD gamble on the storm water rate increase that backfired.
MSD is now on the hook for $7 Million dollars in legal fees after losing in the Missouri Supreme Court.
MSD not only has to pay its lawyers, but has to foot the bill for the opposing sides’ attorneys too.
The agency could have sidestepped the costly outcome by putting the measure on the ballot in the first place. The agency may have feared defeat at the polls. Instead MSD imposed the charge on users. Some of them went to court and challenged the increase, saying the charge was a tax that needed voters okay.
Ultimately the Supreme Court rejected MSD’s argument.. You Paid For It questioned the Chairman of the MSD Board Of Trustees James Buford who defends the agency's decision to impose the charge instead of going to voters despite the bad outcome for MSD.