GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- As the Grand Valley Drainage District works to return the money to residents, they say they've had a lot of people gift it back.
The district says about 1,100 people have sent their refund back.
They estimate the average refund was around $150 a check, and they think they'll be gifted around $165,000.
The drainage district says they will use the money to catch up on the debt they already owe.
"The money will go back to continue the payback. That's specifically what it said on the check, is that it will go to help facilitate or accelerate what we owe for next year, so the money will go directly back to the payback for what the district owes," said GVDD General Manager, Tim Ryan.
The district has to pay back about 9 million dollars, including a ten percent TABOR interest penalty.