Four of the five candidates for Ada County Commishes have told the GUARDIAN if elected they will cutoff all funding for a legal battle over an alleged open meeting law violation in June 2005.
Current Commishes Judy Peavey-Derr, Rick Yzaguirre, and Fred Tilman have been charged by the Idaho Attorney General with violating the open meeting law when they met in a secret session with Boise Councilor Vern Bisterfeldt and discussed matters which should have been open to the public.
Steve Kimball beat Peavey-Derr in the Republican primary and suggested the commishes pay the fines and stop wasting county money. “I’ll pay the darned fines just to get it over with,” he declared.
Paul Woods is running against Kimball as a Dem and he too said he would cut off any further spending for the defense attorney. Independent Sharon Ullman has long declared she would halt any further legal fees to defend the Commishes. Ullman, Kimball, and Woods are all after the seat being vacated by Peavey-Derr.
Al Ames is running against incumbent Fred Tilman and is highly critical of the $30,000 tab that has been run up so far. “I will definitely not authorize any more funds for that case,” said Ames.
Incumbent Tilman has publicly stated there is a need for “clarification of the law” and has defended the spending for his defense.
CLARIFICATION: The outside attorney has said he would not charge to defend the appeal that has been filed, but citizens are still paying for the attorney general staff to prosecute the civil case which has a maximum fine of $150 for each offense.
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