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Court Rejects Challenge to Groundwater Charges

April 01, 2015

On March 26, California's Sixth District Court of Appeal issued its long-awaited, published decision in Great Oaks Water Co. v. Santa Clara Valley Water Dist. This case held that ground-water pumping fees are property-related fees subject to Proposition 218. California’s Second Appellate Court of Appeal reached the opposite conclusion days earlier in City of San Buenaventura v. United Water Conservation District. Though focused primarily on the particular rate-setting issues presented in the case, the court's 80-page opinion in Great Oaks Water Co. also provides extensive and instructive discussion regarding public agency law in California. 

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