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Litigation Costing Taxpayers Plenty

March 5, 2019
Emmetsburg News
The lawsuits over the wind farm in Palo Alto County has been on going since Jan. 2018. Money paid for the two lawsuits has been costly thus far. The Palo Alto County Board of Supervisors are involved in a lawsuit filed against them by Bertha Mathis, Stephen Mathis, Tillford Egland, Thomas Stillman, Lois Stillman, Michael Reding, and Suzanne Reding sometime around the end of 2017 or the beginning of 2018. From January to August 2018, expenses total $113,464.02. Insurance through the Iowa Counties Assurance Pool (ICAP) paid a lump sum of $50,000. This makess the taxpayers of the county responsible for $63,464.02. In September, the plaintiffs in the case filed appeal papers with the Iowa Supreme Court. The Appeal costs from September 2018 to February 2019 total $25,078.98. This costs will go higher due to the Iowa Supreme Court not setting a hearing date at this time. This is not the only lawsuit the Supervisors are involved in regarding wind- mills. In the Bertha Mathis v. Iowa Utilities Board, which is currently pending in the Iowa Supreme Court, the Supervisors are the Intervenors. An intervenor is a party who does not have a substantial and direct interest in a case but has indirect interest and perspectives essential to a judicial determination in the suit. Costs for this lawsuit from January to November 2018 total $35,9645, paid with taxpayer dollars. Adding all the figures up, the Palo Alto County taxpayers have paid $124,508 for litigation regarding a wind turbine farm proposed for Palo Alto County


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