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Des Moines fee refund checks are in the mail, officials say

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Refunds of the city's illegal franchise fee are heading to nearly 59,000 current and former Des Moines residents.

Des Moines City Manager Scott Sanders said Monday that the city started to issue and mail the checks Friday.

A 2004 lawsuit said the fee added to MidAmerican Energy customer bills was illegal. A court agreed and ordered $40 million in refunds. It has been four years since the judgment against the city was upheld by the courts.

The final refund amount should be near $32 million after attorney fees and administrative costs are paid.

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