Civil suit against county continues in fed court

Arguments over Idaho County’s handling of a tax sale in 2016

Arguments over Idaho County’s handling of a tax sale in 2016 continued in federal court late last month, with attorneys for plaintiffs Raymond R. Hamell and Rachelle J. Hamell seeking to amend the civil complaint attorneys representing the Hamells filed last October.

The Hamells are still seeking more than $475,000 in damages from the county in the wake of the sale of three properties, the largest of which is located roughly 6-8 miles from Pollock and Riggins.

In January, the Free Press reported the Hamells are alleging the county broke state and federal laws, whereas county attorneys have argued officials met their obligations.

In a March 20 court filing, the attorneys representing the county asked the court to deny the Hamell’s motion on the grounds that “the proposed amendments are futile.”

The court has yet to rule on whether the Hamells will be allowed to amend their complaint, and had previously scheduled deadlines for this case through July.

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