You’re probably unaware so this is just to make you aware. The Idyllwild Water District made some changes that some people wanted and here is one of the results.

For the year of 2017, it has spent $95,000 on  lawyer fees. If you’re concerned about raising water fees, ask why the lawyer fees went up 500 percent in the last year.

Michael Freitas


Editor’s clarification: First, IWD’s legal fees for 2017 were $117,935. In 2016 they were $31,000. So they “went up” 280 percent from 2016 to 2017, not 500 percent.

Second, the great bulk of 2017 legal fees went to the team handling the water rights issue, which the previous board had not resolved.

Third, in 2014, when Freitas was also on the board, IWD’s legal fees were $124,000.