WATSONVILLE — The California Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to hear an appeal of the case of a controversial water augmentation fee, leaving in place a ruling by the Sixth District Court of Appeal that the fee was valid.
The November decision by the appellate court effectively ended an appeal of a 2012 ruling by Santa Cruz Superior Court Judge Timothy Volkmann that validated the fee.
“We’re ecstatic,” Pajaro Valley Water Management Agency General Manager Mary Bannister said. “The courts statewide have solidified the decision that was made by the lower court.”
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