The state auditor's office reiterated an earlier ruling that Stillwater city officials illegally paid tax increment money to a group that lobbies for a new St. Croix River bridge. The Ripple in Stillwater blog reports the state auditor rejects the city's argument that the $80,000 was 'pass through' money for an 'implied contract'. State officials point to earlier documentation that the city considered the payment a donation from the start, which is not allowed by state law.
Stillwater schools, government team up to save money
The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports Stillwater Area Schools are looking to share services and equipment with the city and Washington County as a way to be more efficient. Stillwater officials say you have to do things differently to give taxpayers the best value for their money.