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Blue Earth County Attorneys Look To February 15 Deadline

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With a judge's ruling Monday finding the Blue Earth County Board in contempt of court in its ongoing pay dispute with county attorneys, now both sides say they are waiting.

Monday's ruling said, the county board now has until February 15 to comply with the initial court order to adjust salaries and file the new budget with the court.

At today's Blue Earth County Board meeting: no action today on the pay raises for assistant County Attorneys. 

County Attorney Ross Arneson says, "The problem was that the assistant county attorneys in our office , their pay tops out at about 75 percent of the pay that the public defenders they go up against every day and of assistant county attorneys in similar situated offices, we raised that issue with the county board and they're supposed to take market factors into consideration and they didn't do that."

This battle has gone on for awhile.

Back in September a judge ruled in favor of the county attorneys and sent the budget matter back to the board to readjust the salaries.

The board instead decided to take the matter to the Court of Appeals.