Through the end of October, legal fees had approached $300,000 in the lawsuit filed by the city of Arab against the Arab Water Works board of directors – and there doesn’t seem to be an end in sight.
The bulk of those fees – 92 percent – were charged to Arab Water Works. All the fees are paid by taxpayers in Arab and customers of Arab Water Works.
Just for the months of September and October (regarding the lawsuit only):
• The city of Arab paid or was billed a total of $7,250;
• Arab Water Works paid or was billed a total of $113,986.
Those numbers were provided to the Tribune upon request by Arab city attorney Rodney Edmondson and Arab Water Works manager Ted Hyatt.
Prior to October, AWW had paid or been billed $154,611. The city had paid or been billed $24,612.
The new totals ($293,209) billed or paid between Jan. 1 and Oct. 31, 2016, are:
• City of Arab – $31,862
• Arab Water Works – $268,597.