Nearly 500 Eastern Municipal Water District customers owe funds from overpayments dating back to 2018, the agency announced Wednesday. Ratepayers were advised to review their accounts as the money is scheduled to be deposited into utility’s Treasury.
The EMWD states that there are $36,663 worth of refunds available. This is before the Board of Directors votes Jan. 19 to convert the liquid assets into general fund revenues.
The EMWD stated that 485 customers have the right to file a claim. The amount owed varies greatly, with one customer owing $2.17, while another customer owing $2,632.87.
The district claims that the funds were the result of account closings, efficiency rebates, or fee changes that brought more revenue to the utility than was owed.
State law states that a public governing board cannot spend excess payments for more than three years. However, it must make an effort to locate the persons who are eligible to receive the funds back.
EMWD tries to find the address and contact developers and customers, but these efforts sometimes fail due to companies closing, lack of forwarding addresses, or other reasons,” an agency statement said.
“EMWD goes beyond the public notice requirement (of circulating a list of customers owed funds in newspapers) by posting the complete current listing of unclaimed monies on its website and continuously updates it throughout the year.”
The complete list of all the Here are the details for EMWD reimbursements.
Anybody may file a claim via the internet. www.emwd.org/UnclaimedMonies.
The district covers Hemet Valley, Menifee Valley, Moreno Valley Valley, Perris Valley, San Jacinto Valley, Temecula Valley, and Winchester.
Riverside County Board of Supervisors also goes through this process each year. In September, the board turned more than $500,000 in property tax overpayments into general fund revenue after the refunds sat unclaimed for over three years.