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Posted on: June 11, 2019

Law firm finds petition did not meet statute requirements


Officials in the Wright County Auditor/Treasurers office received a 739-page document on May 29. The County understood the intent of this petition was to invoke the “reverse referendum” provision as stated in MN Statute Section 373.40 Subd. 2.  

After receiving the petition, the County Attorney’s office retained the firm of Rupp, Anderson, Squires & Waldspurger, P.A. to determine whether or not the petition meets the requirement of Minn. Chap. 475 and Minn. Rule 8205. The County Attorney’s office received an official opinion from outside counsel which states the petition does not meet the requirements of the Minn. Rule 8205.1010. Improper form and lack of a summary were two of the items noted in the findings. This renders the petition as invalid.

 In today’s County Board meeting, the commissioners unanimously rescinded the Capital Improvement Plan, Resolution 19-57, which set forth the ability to issue general obligation bonds and declared that no referendum shall be conducted.

 The board also voted 3-2 to use Certificate of Participation financing to proceed with building a Government Center. The board voted 5-0 to use Certificate of Participation financing to proceed with building a tactical training center.

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