The Associated Press
EVERETT — Snohomish County has agreed to pay $575,000 to settle a public-records lawsuit brought by a Monroe-based group that promotes environmental causes in farming areas.
The county did not admit fault, but finalized an agreement Thursday with Citizens for Sustainable Development. The (Everett) Herald reports that agreement calls for the county to appoint the group’s president, Lew Roane, to a committee that mediates issues between agricultural and environmental interests.
The group had sued in March 2013, alleging the county violated the state Public Records Act by failing to respond to four of its records requests in a timely manner. County prosecutors say the group had submitted more than 275 records requests.
The group had accused county officials of bias toward agricultural businesses.
Messages left with Roane were not immediately returned.