- Associated Press - Saturday, May 16, 2015

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) - A lawsuit that will determine if county officials can hire outside contractors for technical assistance is in the hands of the New Mexico Supreme Court.

The Carlsbad Current-Argus reports (https://bit.ly/1Fi87gT) that the state’s highest court heard oral arguments Wednesday in a lawsuit filed by a former Eddy County assessor against that county’s commission.

Former county assessor Karen Robinson says Eddy County commissioners denied requests dating back to 2007 to hire an independent firm to audit field equipment used by oil and gas companies.

Robinson says her office was too understaffed to assess all equipment across the county.

So she sued the commission in 2012.

A district court sided with Robinson but the case went to the court of appeals.

Several New Mexico counties already hire outside companies for land assessments.

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Information from: Carlsbad Current-Argus, https://www.currentargus.com/

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