On February 8, CASA filed an amicus curiae brief in the case of Plantier v. Ramona Municipal Water District. The case focuses on an important procedural issue: whether persons challenging a local agency’s adopted sewer rate structure in a class action must “exhaust their administrative remedies” under Proposition 218 by filing a protest before the local agency. The League of California Cities and California State Association of Counties (CSAC) joined CASA in filing the brief.
The trial court held that at least one ratepayer is required to submit a Proposition 218 protest which explains the basis for the protest as a prerequisite to filing a class action lawsuit against that agency challenging the underlying rate structure. CASA joined the amicus urging the appellate court to uphold the trial court ruling, which would provide CASA members with clarity concerning Proposition 218’s protest provisions and affirm an important procedural safeguard associated with Proposition 218.