The Mountaineer - Rocky Mountain House, Alberta, Canada
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Town won’t seek costs for election challenge
By Laura Button
Editor

Rocky Mountain House will not seek a court order to recover more than $30,000 in legal fees associated with an aborted request for a judicial review of the 2017 municipal election.
In June, former mayoral candidate Sheila Mizera discontinued legal proceedings that challenged the election process.
On Friday, July 6, the town issued a news release indicating that council has elected not to pursue costs.
“Council has reviewed the options of recovering these costs so our citizens are not financially burdened with this discontinued legal action,” read the release. “The Town has been advised by legal counsel that it is likely to be awarded minimal, not all, costs of the action. However, the legal expense to do so may not financially justify such action.”
The legal proceedings have cost the town and Clearwater County more than $60,000 to date, with more expenses to come to finalize the legal process. The town and county have jointly agreed to split the costs.
Town councillors had previously expressed frustration with the legal challenge, and the costs associated with it.
“It is our firm belief we already lost valuable time and money on this issue,” read the release. “It is more important that we focus our efforts on advancing Rocky Mountain House and making our community stronger.”