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Yakima City Council Discussing their Next Step in a City Law Suit

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YAKIMA, Wash.- City Council is in the spotlight again after a Yakima judge releases his ruling in the Tim Schoenrock Vs. Rick Ensey case.

Schoenrock filed a petition requesting city council members to not implement new budget policies. Now, after council members rescinded the policy and had a hearing last week, Schoenrock wants the city to pay for his court fees.

Judge Gibson ruled against the city having to pay for Schoenrock's court and attorney fees but the issue doesn't end here. 

In the judge's considerations he says the two parties have two options. They can settle the issue out of court, saving both parties a substantial amount of money and time, or they can go to trial. This is a pretty big deal because even though there was a hearing last week, the issue didn't really discuss whether or not city council violated the Open Public Meetings Act. If everyone involved chooses to go to trial, this issue could be brought up there. City Attorney Jeff Cutter says he still has to discuss these options with city council members.

"Resolving a matter outside of court has its benefits economically, legislatively and politically however sometime its most appropriate to take a matter forward," said Jeff Cutter.

The city attorney and city council are deciding what to do. Schoenrock says if they don't decide soon, he'll pursue going to trial to resolve the court fees.
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