Charlotte homebuilders suing city for millions

From the Charlotte Observer:

A dozen of the largest homebuilders in Charlotte have filed a class-action lawsuit against the city of Charlotte, seeking the return of millions of dollars worth of fees for sewer and water connections they claim were unlawfully charged.

The federal lawsuit was filed last week in Charlotte, and alleges the city charged homebuilders excessive amounts for new connections to water lines and sewer systems. The builders are suing on behalf of all homebuilders active in the city for the past three years, which could include hundreds of companies and individuals, according to the lawsuit.

Spokespeople for the city and Charlotte Water declined to comment, citing the city’s practice of not talking about pending litigation.

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