BRIGHTON, Colo. (CBS4)– Brighton residents have recalled their mayor after a controversy over high water rates and the firing of Brighton City Manager Philip Rodriguez. Ken Kreutzer was recalled by an overwhelming vote.

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Ken Kreutzer (credit: City of Brighton)

More than 70% of voters cast a ballot for him to be recalled. Criticism fell on Kreutzer after he fired Rodriguez.

Philip Rodriguez (credit: Brighton)

Rodriguez was fired after he presented to the city council a $70 million slush fund generated from overcharging water customers. Some say their water bills are $800 a month.

The Brighton City Council voted unanimously Tuesday evening to cut water and wastewater rates. They will be reduced by 8% starting next year.