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Dubuque Settles Franchise Fee Lawsuit

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    May 6, 2014 | 7:33 pm

    People who lived in Dubuque in the last decade might get some money back now that the city council agreed to settle a franchise fee lawsuit.

    The city accidentally charged gas and electric customers an extra tax for those services but did not know the tax was illegal.

    Last year, a group filed a lawsuit against the city in hopes of getting a refund.

    Dubuque city leaders say the $2.6 million settlement cost the city much less than if it went to court and lost.

    Leaders say they are now brainstorming ideas of how to re-coop that $2.6 million. A judge needs to approve the settlement before any refunds could start.