A circuit court judge has ruled against the city of Venice in a lawsuit in which the city was trying to enforce the payment of mitigation fees tied to annexation agreements dating back as far as 1999.

Nearly $14M was at stake in the decision.

Circuit Judge Hunter W. Carroll said the city couldn’t impose fees under a 2013 ruling unless “there is a ‘nexus’ and ‘rough proportionality’ between the government’s demands and the effects of the proposed use.”

The city council is meeting later this month to decide whether or not to appeal the verdict.