Linn County Auditor Joel Miller is taking his dispute with the Linn County Board of Supervisors to the Iowa Court of Appeals.
Miller notified the board on Monday that he intended to appeal a decision by the Linn County District Court, which in November sided with the supervisors against Miller about the scope of Miller’s duties.
The appeal announcement raised a new matter of dispute: Who is going to pay to handle Miller’s appeal?
Miller wants the county to continue to pay his legal fees, and the supervisors on Monday said they would not. Miller has needed a private attorney because the Linn County Attorney can’t represent both the supervisors and the auditor in a dispute between them.
To date, Miller’s attorney has billed the county about $15,600.
Should Linn County pay for Miller’s legal costs to appeal his lawsuit against the county?