August 29, 2014
DELANO, Calif. (AP) - Residents of the Central California city of Delano have filed a lawsuit challenging the city's decision to raise utility rates.
The rate increase was adopted by the city in April to cover debt payments on water system improvements and to pay for sewer infrastructure. It would raise residents' bills by an average of 75 percent over the next five years.
Government figures show a third of Delano residents live below the poverty line.
The lawsuit, announced on Thursday, alleges that the city violated Proposition 218, which was adopted in 1996 to prevent local governments from creating and imposing taxes without taxpayer approval.
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