State auditor shoots down Stillwater's $80k lobbyist 'donation' for the second time

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.
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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.

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