Stephens Co. BOE Approves $1,400 Expenditure for Wilbros Suit

The Stephens County Board of Education approved an additional $1,400 in support of the Wilbros suit at its meeting Thursday.

The decision came following an hour-long executive session.

According to school officials, this is related to the intergovernmental agreement signed by a number of parties in conjunction with funding the civil suit against Wilbros.

Stephens County, the city of Toccoa, the Stephens County Board of Education, Stephens County Development Authority reached an intergovernmental agreement last summer regarding payment of any Wilbros’ litigation expenses.

According to the intergovernmental agreement, Stephens County will pay 33 percent of the legal expenses, the city of Toccoa will pay 17 percent, the Stephens County Board of Education will pay 20 percent, and the Stephens County Development Authority will contribute 10 percent. The city, Development Authority, and Board of Education all established an initial maximum contribution authorization of $20,000 in the agreement.

Overall, local governments will contribute 80 percent of the legal costs, with the Concerned Citizens of Toccoa-Stephens County, LLC contributing the rest.

In addition, these costs do not include fees incurred by each agency’s own local counsels who will assist Stack and Associates.