Auditor Otto sues over private county audits
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota State Auditor Rebecca Otto is taking the state and three counties to court, claiming in a Thursday lawsuit that a 2015 law letting counties hire private firms instead of paying her office for financial audits is unconstitutional.
"Counties have now challenged the constitutional authority of this office, and I have been forced to defend the Minnesota Constitution and the taxpayers through legal action," Otto said in a statement.
Otto fought fiercely against that provision after it was added to legislation in the final days of the 2015 legislative session. Once it passed and Gov. Mark Dayton reluctantly signed the bill containing it into law, Otto ran up more than $100,000 in legal fees as she weighed a possible constitutional challenge.