The following press release was sent to Garden Valley Daily News from the Boise County Board of Commissioners:
On December 17, 2010, in Alamar Ranch vs. Boise County, a federal jury awarded a four million dollar ($4,000,000) judgement to the Plaintiffs. An appeal is pending. Plaintiffs' attorneys fees and costs were awarded additionally. The request sought is approximately one million four hundred thousand dollars ($1,400,000). The Court has not yet determined the amount to be awarded. County representatives participated in many discussions with the Plaintiffs in an effort to resolve this litigation prior to trial. Given the nature and extent of the Plaintiffs' demands, the parties were never able to reach an agreement.
The Board of Commissioners had been working diligently to assess the county's resources and determine if it can satisfy the judgement. There have been several meetings between the Plaintiffs and Boise County Commissioners regarding the judgement and possible resolution. No such resolution has been reached thus far.
The County has Constitutional and Statutory duties and obligations, including paying for indigent sick, roads, jails, courts, solid waste programs, and other services. The Board of Commissioners has determined that it cannot satisfy the judgement and continue to operate and satisfy the County's legal obligations and provide basic services to County residents with the amount of resources available.
The Plaintiffs have stated that they will immediately proceed to execute on the judgement and seek the County's operating cash in order to satisfy the judgement. In order to ensure the continuous operation of Boise County, the Board has determined to file Chapter 9 Bankruptcy and seek relief though the bankruptcy process.