Blue Earth County has approved giving notification to Minnesota State Auditor Rebecca Otto that it plans to cut ties and hire its own auditor starting in 2019, a move that could save the County 20 to 25-thousand dollars a year.

County Administrator Bob Meyer says it is a large expenditure that the county incurs on an annual basis.

Blue Earth County Administrator, Bob Meyer.

“We do have options here in the community of private audit firms that obviously can do it for less money, and still we believe equal or better quality. We’ve enjoyed the partnership we’ve had with the Office of the State Auditor, but obviously, it’s a competitive business to some degree that we need to look at in terms of how we’re using those taxpayer resources.”

The County broke down the average cost to the State Auditor over the last five years and factored in information from four local auditing firms in figuring out the savings.

Earlier this year the Minnesota Supreme Court upheld a 2015 law limiting Rebecca Otto’s duties. She had challenged a law passed by the legislature that allowed more counties to hire private firms for annual audits.