What is eminent domain?

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This gives cities the ability to acquire private property if it is determined that there is a compelling public interest in doing so.  If GSW continues to refuse to sell our system, this would be an option for the City.  The final purchase price under eminent domain would be set by a court, based upon “just compensation”, which is defined as fair market value. Naturally, we cannot predict a court decision in advance. The City’s experts have appraised the value at $55 million.