For the last two years, Wright County has been forced to expend approximately $135,000 of taxpayer money as collateral damage in a lawsuit between State Auditor Rebecca Otto and the Minnesota State Legislature over the powers of her office. At the Aug. 15 meeting of the Wright County Board of Commissioners, it was pointed out that the county continues to pay more than it should due to Otto’s legal action – on two different fronts.
The county has expended roughly $100,000 in legal costs after being named along with Becker and Washington counties in the lawsuit brought by Otto – which she has lost in both district court and appeals court. As part of approving the claims for the week, Commissioner Mike Potter pointed out a line item that shows the county continues to be paying money out as a direct result of the Otto lawsuit.
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