As it was, Kincaid said in a ruling last August that regardless of the council motives, it was acting within its state constitutional discretion in in cutting the county budget and setting the number of employees.
If voters disagreed with that, he added, they could give voice to their displeasure at the ballot box. Voters did just that, ousting Mike Gaskill and Mike Phipps and returning Democrats to majority.
Both sides lamented the costs associated with the lawsuit.
Bose McKinney & Evans, the Indianapolis law firm the council hired, billed the county $123,240 in legal fees in 2012-2013 (although that bill includes some legal work not related to the lawsuit), according to Madison County Auditor Jane Lyons. The commissioners' attorney, John Bowers of Fort Wayne, billed the county for $54,543 in legal fees.
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