The California Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected Patterson's bid to hold on to hundreds of thousands of dollars in developer fees that a lower court determined were established illegally.
The case stemmed from a lawsuit the California Building Industry Association of Central California filed to protest a $20,946 per unit affordable housing charge Patterson leveled on developers in 2006. That was nearly a thirtyfold increase over the city's previous fee of $734.
Stanislaus County Superior Court Judge David Vander Wall sided with Patterson in 2008, but the 5th District Court of Appeal in Fresno overturned his ruling in January. The appeals court held that there was "no connection" between the likely impact of new subdivisions on affordable housing and the fee the city charged builders.
The state Supreme Court denied Patterson's request to review that decision.