- Associated Press - Thursday, September 10, 2015

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The South Carolina Supreme Court is questioning Columbia’s use of revenue from its water system.

The justices on Wednesday cleared the way for a lawsuit against the city to proceed to determine if the practice of using revenue from the water system for other items in the city’s budget.

Columbia has diverted money from the water system for more than two decades. The justices said that might be justified in some cases and wants a trial court to decide the current questions in the lawsuit.

Justice John Kittredge wrote that the law does not allow revenue from the water system to be used as a slush fund for city expenditures.

Some residents have sued the city, saying the use of water revenue for other purposes is driving up utility bills.

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