Busted! Whitefish Overcharges Water Fees-Outraged Citizens Want Additional Audits


Whitefish has miscalculated via an “oversight” in their Excel spreadsheets; they overcharged businesses and individual residents on their water bills.

THE ERROR came to light after Whitefish residents Paul Gillman, and Bill Burg raised a litany of concerns about the city’s impact fees and the formulas used to calculate them.

Burg is an accountant and a former member of the Flathead City-County Health Board. Gillman has a background in computer science and began digging into the impact fees after applying to build a home addition last summer. Gillman said the showerhead error could have cost him several hundred dollars if he hadn’t caught it, and he wants to see the problem rectified for everyone else who might have been affected.

Gillman and Burg also contend the showerhead error is the tip of an iceberg, alleging the city has overcharged builders hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars in recent years. The pair have collected reams of city documents and performed their own calculations, which Gillman has compiled in a report spanning more than 20 pages.

“Impact fees are governed by Montana statute 7-6-16 that puts strict limits on what types of projects can be included, how fees are calculated, and the max fees that can be collected,” Gillman wrote in a letter to the council. “The City of Whitefish appears to violate all of these restrictions.”

Today’s article here reveals the entire story.

Another resident revealed on social media that he is “fed up” concerning an overcharge of $100 on his water bill over the last year, as are others.


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