- Associated Press - Thursday, September 10, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) - The Salt River Project is facing a possible lawsuit from several customers over a rate hike.

The Arizona Republic reports (https://bit.ly/1OdwaSv) SRP board members in February approved phasing in a $3 bump in basic service charges, but customer bills in April showed the full $20 increase.

SRP does not plan to refund the fees, but has adjusted the charge to $18.50 per month. That amount will reach $20 by next year.

Rose Law Group filed notices of claim on behalf of four customer accounts. They want refunds for all customers on fee increases assessed since April.

Utility representatives have declined say how much has been collected from early fees. Claimants estimate customers are entitled to $3 million in April fees alone.

If the case does not settle, the claimants are planning a class-action lawsuit.

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Information from: The Arizona Republic, https://www.azcentral.com

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