New writs are now before the Court in a motion filed by Yakima Company today seeking payment by La Paz County.
Yakima is seeking an order requiring the County to immediately pay Yakima all funds not otherwise appropriated or necessary to fund essential government services. It would also force the County to take “all steps to raise revenue from any available source, and pay such funds to Yakima; and prepare a budget under which the County will pay Yakima all funds not necessary to fund essential County services.”
Yakima is also asking the Court to appoint a Special Master “to work with the parties and make recommendations to the Court on resolving any disputes that may arise.”
The provision to take “all steps” to raise money may be the most powerful provision in the motion. Yakima cites examples such as “issuing bonds, obtaining a credit facility, seeking funds from the State, and disposing of County property which is not essential for government services.” This would require the County to work with the Special Master to set aside ways to pay Yakima, perhaps by some of the means that have been discussed around the negotiating table.
The motion can be viewed in full here.