GALVESTON — A Bacliff property owner is suing a city government agency, alleging illegal fees and misrepresentation of debt collection.

Thomas Charles Kelly V filed a complaint May 4 in Galveston County District Court against the Bacliff Municipal Utility District, alleging failure to provide accurate billing for the plaintiff's water usage.

According to the complaint, in May 2015, Kelly was overcharged for water services by $100 a month based on the defendant's mistaken belief that Kelly had made improvements to his property. Kelly says he also received a charge to his utility service in the sum of $1,800 that he refuses to pay because he did not obtain separate water and sewer water taps for his property. 

The plaintiff alleges the defendant failed and refused to correct and continues to refuse to correct its own billing errors, failed to apply credit against outstanding bills charged against Kelly for utility service and threatened to terminate his utility service because of a failure to pay charges according to defendant's own erroneous accounting.

Kelly seeks trial by jury, monetary relief up to $100,000, to restrain the defendant from terminating his water and sewer service, costs of court, attorney fees and all proper relief. He is represented by attorney Mark Aronowitz of Texas City.

Galveston County District Court Case number 17-CV-0556

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