MN Supreme Court Ruling
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact person: Matt Day (952) 707-0432
(Burnsville, MN) – Today, the Minnesota Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the Minnesota Court of Appeals upholding the constitutionality of the 2015 modification of Minnesota statute allowing Minnesota counties to engage a private Certified Public Accounting (CPA) firm to conduct the annual audit of a county’s financial statements. The ruling ends the lawsuit filed by Rebecca Otto, in her official capacity as Minnesota State Auditor, against Wright, Becker and Ramsey Counties. It is reported the lawsuit cost the counties and the state several hundred thousand dollars of taxpayer funds.
Today’s ruling affirms the 2015 Senate File 888, the State Government Finance Omnibus Bill, passed by the Minnesota Legislature and signed into law by Governor Dayton which allows Minnesota counties to choose who will conduct their required annual audit: either a private CPA firm or the Minnesota State Auditor.
Pam Myhra, candidate for Minnesota State Auditor, said, “Today’s affirmation of Minnesota statute continues to provide Minnesota counties the same audit choice as Minnesota cities have and, importantly, allows for greater independence in the audit function as required by Generally Accepted Government Auditing Standards.” Myhra went on to say, “The Minnesota Supreme Court’s decision also affirmed ‘the Minnesota State Auditor retains significant duties and responsibilities in connection with audits of Minnesota counties’ reaffirming the importance of the State Auditor’s roll.”