Zolly v. City of OaklandAnnotate this Case
The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the court of appeal in this dispute , holding that Oakland did not show on demurrer that its challenged fees at issue in this case were exempt from the voter approval requirements set forth in article XIII C of the California Constitution.
In 2012, the City of Oakland approved two contract granting private waste haulers the right to operate a public utility for waste collection services. As consideration for the "special franchise right," the waste haulers agreed to pay certain fees to Oakland. In question was how such fees should be treated under article XIII C, which sets forth voter approval requirements that apply to taxes imposed by local government. The court of appeals concluded that the fees were not exempt from the requirements of section XIII C. The Supreme Court affirmed, holding that Oakland failed to show, as a matter of law, that article XIII C applied to the franchise fees at issue in this case.