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CSD Spent $238K On Legal Fees

Item: Cost of counsel: Price of public education increasingly includes legal fees/Maureen Dolan, Coeur d'Alene Press

More Info: The Coeur d'Alene School District's recent consideration of whether to privatize school busing went on for several months, and it included 64 hours of legal work with an average cost of $180 per hour in attorney fees for the district. The bus privatization plan was expected to save $1 million, but facing public opposition, the board decided in June to step away from the idea. The $11,520 bill for the legal work remained. That's just one of the items adding up to $238,000 in attorney fees that the Coeur d'Alene School District incurred in the most recently completed fiscal year which began July 1, 2012, and ended June 30. The previous year the district spent $38,000 on lawyers

Question: $238,000 for legal fees? Seriously?

Court Orders Hart To Pay Legal Fees

Tax protesting lawmaker Phil Hart has been ordered to pay the state more than $10,000 in legal fees and costs stemming from his tussle with the Idaho State Tax Commission. The decision was handed down by the Idaho Supreme Court Tuesday. The Republican Representative from Athol was ordered to pay $9,960 in attorney fees and another $168 in costs to cover the commission's tab in the case. In June, the high court dismissed Hart's last-ditch request to consider his state income tax appeal/Associated Press. More here.

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Hucks Poll: Brannon Should Pay

  • Wednesday’s Poll: Overwhelmingly, Hucks Nation believes failed challenger Jim Brannon should be required to pay the $36,000 in legal fees accrued by the city of Coeur d’Alene in its defense of his 2009 election lawsuit. 114 of 162 respondents (70.37%) said Brannon should pay back the tax dollars spent fighting his suit (not counting the $105,000 that Mike Kennedy has spent so far). Only 43 of 162 (26.54%) said Brannon shouldn’t be forced to repay the money. 5 were undecided.
  • Today’s Question (for the 40th anniversary of the EPA): How would you grade the performance of the EPA in its first 40 years of existence?

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