A new court hearing has been set in the La Paz County / Yakima case. The hearing will contain oral arguments from both sides on Yakima’s motion to compel the County to start setting aside funds and raising funds from other sources with which to pay Yakima. These other sources may include taking out bonds or selling land or other assets the County does not need for essential services. The entire process would take place under the direction of a ‘Special Master’ approved by both parties to work with them on finding the fairest solution.
The Judge ruled:
As part of the Yakima Motion for Appointment of Special Master, therein by footnote indicate that each party may be able to submit a list of possible special masters. The Court has made preliminary contact with a retired Mohave County Judge on retired status with the bar as a possible special master. The Court does not know if these qualifications are acceptable to the parties.
IT IS ORDERED that the parties work toward seeing whether they may agree upon a special master and/or submit a list of candidates with curricula vitae to the Court.
The hearing is set for March 24th at 10 a.m. under Judge Richard Weiss.