OSKALOOSA — The Mahaska County Board of Supervisors is set to explore options for recovering taxpayer dollars paid to RPK3 Communications LLC for services never rendered.

The board discussed the dilemma at their regular meeting Monday, Sept. 19. In consultation with Mahaska County Attorney Andrew Ritland, they reviewed options available to the county for recourse against RPK3 Communications LLC, a company based in Wyoming.

Mahaska County contracted with the company for the installation of outbuildings for the county’s radio towers. The contract ultimately fell through, but not before the county had paid a down payment of approximately $28,000 to the company.

Of the $28,000 down payment, only $17,600 has been paid back to the county by the company. The individual responsible for making the payments has since cut off all contact with Mahaska County.

Mahaska County has successfully sued for the return of the remaining funds and been granted a judgment against the delinquent individual. However, because both the company and the individual’s assets are located in Wyoming, a seizure of property as a form of repayment is not possible without utilizing the services of an attorney licensed to practice law in Wyoming or a debt collection firm.

Mahaska County will be pursuing possible legal options as the board proceeds with the process of recovering the remaining $8,800 of taxpayer funds.

Channing Rucks can be reached at crucks@oskyherald.com.

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