Teter v. Clark County

Teter v. Clark County, 104 Wn.2d 227, 704 P.2d 1171 (1985), involved a group of property owners who challenged city charges that were allocated to providing flood control services. Teter, 104 Wn.2d 227, 704 P.2d 1171. The Court upheld the charges even though the property owners challenging the charges received no specific benefit or service. Teter, 104 Wn.2d at 230-31. The Court explained the special benefit idea does not apply when a "'city acts pursuant to the police power granted to it to provide sewer service to protect the health of its inhabitants and to defray the expense by making service charges.'" Teter, 104 Wn.2d at 231.