Three Years and $80,000 Later, Becker County Wins In Minnesota Supreme Court Decision
Carol McCarthy | Apr 18, 2018 AT 12:24 pm
UNDATED--Becker County, and essentially the other 86 Minnesota counties, come out victorious in a Minnesota Supreme Court decision today (Wednesday) after about a three-year saga that began after the Legislature passed a law allowing more counties to hire private firms for annual financial audits. In her lawsuit that specifically named Becker, Wright and Ramsey Counties, State Auditor Rebecca Otto argued the law passed by the Minnesota Legislature in 2015 was a constitutional breach of her duties that significantly downgraded the state's oversight of county finances. But the state's high court disagreed. A district court and the Minnesota Court of Appeals had previously ruled against Otto, triggering her appeal to the Supreme Court. Today's ruling maintained that the law left the auditor's oversight of those private audits intact. Becker County's Administrator Jack Ingstad says today's unanimous decision ends State Auditor Rebecca Otto's years of challenges and mounting legal fees for the county.**
Becker County will be requesting the legislature to reimburse the county's legal fees of more than $80,000. Wright and Ramsey Counties were also named in the State Auditor's lawsuit.
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