Judge Rules ‘Franchise Fees’ Illegal In Billings

The City of Billings may have to pay back millions of dollars to residents after a judge ruled fees collected by the city for water, sewer, and garbage services were illegal.

A judge ruled Billings collected those fees illegally between 1992 and 2018 and in that time it stacked up to about $50 million.

This lawsuit was filed by two Billings residents, Gary and Susan McDaniel, who thought these extra fees–labeled “Franchise fees” — were unfair.