GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- After a fee was ruled an unfair tax in 2018, the Grand Valley Drainage District says they will start sending out refunds early next week.
The District says they will start sending out refund checks to customers starting on April 22nd.
This, after a fee they charged customers was ruled an unfair tax in 2018, and violated TABOR.
But the district says customers will only get back 68% of what they paid, because the district simply doesn't have enough money to give everyone a full refund all at once.
They collected 6.8 million-dollars in a three year span, and owe 9-million with a ten percent TABOR interest penalty included.
"So why this time of the year? We are a tax funded organization so we actually have to wait until the revenue comes in people paying their property taxes so we have the ability to shift the money, to this enterprise fund checking account so we have the ability to pay everyone," said GVDD General Manager Tim Ryan.
Customers in the district will continue to recieve checks in the mail once a year for the next four or five years, until the refunds are paid in full.
The payments will also go back to the property they come from, not necessarily the property owner who paid.