Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Report: Sun Valley 'Hemorrhaging' Money in Legal Fees

Posted By on Wed, Oct 24, 2012 at 9:04 AM

The City of Sun Valley, which is anxiously awaiting the public release of a forensic audit of city governance, is "hemorrhaging money in the form of legal fees with no firm end in sight," according to this morning's Idaho Mountain Express.

The newspaper reports that Sun Valley City Council members have approved an additional $14,000 to cover legal fees associated with subpoena issues. Since November 2011, legal fees associated with personnel actions and lawsuits have totaled $96,478, according to the Mountain Express.

The audit was triggered by a string of troubling incidents, including break-ins at the Sun Valley fire station, stolen and/or erased files, resignations by city staff, city employees placed on administrative leave, lawsuits against the city, and countersuits filed by the city.

In August, Sun Valley Mayor Dewayne Briscoe conceded that the audit revealed his city was not in compliance with many federal and state labor laws.

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