SHREVEPORT, La. -- Interest has been added to the amount the City of Shreveport owes to water-and-sewer customers for a decade of overcharges, following a Caddo District judge's ruling on Monday.
The city intends to appeal and has not paid the damages, so Monday’s ruling adding interest raises the amount of the judgment from about $9.6 million to approximately $11.3 million.
Caddo District Judge Mike Pitman initially found the city liable for the overcharges in October 2019. This past March, he set the amount to be refunded -- and interest has been accruing at a rate of approximately $831 a day.
The city has already issued refunds to customers totaling almost $6 million that represented one part of the lawsuit that disclosed the city's practice of rounding up water usage when determining the amount of monthly bills during the winter months.
Pitman’s ruling this past March ordering $9.6 million in refunds for too many days of overcharges was the second monetary judgment assessed to the city in connection with a water-billing class action lawsuit.
“During these past four and a half years (since the suit was filed), the most common question we get is, ‘When will we get repaid for these overcharges?’” said Anne Wilkes, one of the attorneys for the plaintiffs. “We can only respond, ‘We don’t know.” These questions are best directed to Mayor Perkins and your City Council.”
A spokeswoman for the mayor said the city would have no comment because of the pending litigation.