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Posted on: December 19, 2016

Podcast, TV show discuss lawsuit

This week's City of Taylor Podcast, "Coffee With Mayor Rick Sollars," discusses a class action lawsuit recently filed against the City. Mayor Sollars was also a guest on the City of Westland TV show, "In the W," discussing the same subject with Mayor Bill Wild and Attorney Will Fausone.

Taylor is aggressively resisting a class-action brought a legal firm that has targeted many area communities in the region. The same firm has filed similar lawsuits against other communities, including Dearborn, Ferndale, Royal Oak, Birmingham, Bloomfield Township and Westland, and has sought related information in two other communities (Canton and Livonia).

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Kickham Hanley PLLC, of Royal Oak, filed the action in Wayne Court Circuit Court against Taylor in the name of Leonard S. Bohn. The lawsuit contends “illegal taxes” on three specific charges incorporated into the City’s water and sewer rates.

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The City maintains that:

The charges in the lawsuit are frivolous.

  • Customers are charged only their proportional share of the costs of the operation, maintenance and equipment replacement expenses.
  • The City has employed the same rate-setting practice for a quarter of a century.
  • The City has continuously acted responsibly and in the best interests of the water and sewer customers
  • The rates have been approved in a transparent fashion by City Council, in public meetings and out in the open.
  • The current rates could have been higher, but the City chose not to charge the full fair market value for services provided.

The lawsuit contends that Taylor’s rates are higher than necessary to finance the actual costs of providing water and sewage disposal services; that the City has unlawfully included in its rates an additional charge that is used not to cover actual expenses on providing water and sewer services, but rather to fund the City’s general governmental obligations; and that the City includes in its rates an amount to cover the costs the City incurs for the public fire protection services provided by the water supply system.


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