Blue Earth County plans to split with State Auditor, hire own auditing firm in 2019

By |2018-07-10T11:47:46-05:00July 10th, 2018|

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 [...]

Supreme Court upholds audit law, ending Otto’s lawsuit

By |2018-04-18T14:28:25-05:00April 18th, 2018|

The Minnesota Supreme Court has upheld a 2015 law limiting State Auditor Rebecca Otto's duties. Wednesday's unanimous decision ends Otto's years of challenges and mounting legal fees. A district court and the Minnesota Court of Appeals had previously ruled against Otto, triggering her appeal to the Supreme Court. The legal saga began after the Legislature passed a law allowing more counties to hire private firms for annual financial audits. Otto has argued that law was a constitutional breach of her duties that significantly downgraded the state's oversight of county finances. But the state's high court disagreed. Wednesday's ruling maintained that the [...]

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