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Washington County Taxpayers Funding Lawsuit, Riverside Residents Paying Twice

Posted: Friday, July 2nd, 2010 at 6:51 am

The Washington County Board of Supervisors has approved a $60,000 internal advance to pay for legal fees in a lawsuit between the county and the city of Riverside. County Auditor Bill Fredrick says Riverside is refusing to continue making repayments for money it received to finance new infrastructure projects, a plan implemented because the Iowa Constitution limited how much money Riverside could borrow.  Fredrick says Riverside began repaying the county in 2008, but stopped making $175,000 repayments in 2009.  He says taxpayers are paying for the county’s legal fees in the lawsuit, but adds that Riverside residents are paying twice – first for the county, and again for Riverside.