The commissioners have tried to get a timeline, most notably by threatening the levee board in January from paying some of its claims. Wednesday’s situation was coming to a head.
But the levee board does have the law on its side. They don’t have to assess landowners who live on the levee until all the bills are in. Also, there was talk at Wednesday’s levee board meeting about if the city of Washington also has to pay like other landowners since its water wells are protected by the levee.
So, in many ways, we all have to pay for this mess. But back to the legal bill. I understand both sides. The county must think it is galling to pay for the levee board’s legal defense. The levee board feels badly about it, but it was the county that sued them in the first place. Who knows who will pay the bill in the end.
In any way, it’s a government Catch-22 at work.
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