SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah's attorney general is willing to negotiate a settlement over $5.5 million owed to court-appointed accountants overseeing a polygamous sect's property trust on the Utah/Arizona border.
The Salt Lake Tribune reports that Mark Shurtleff is appealing the court order to the Utah Supreme Court.
Utah's top lawman argues that the courts should instead sell off assets of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
Shurtleff says he willing to pay some of the accountants' bill if the state gets reimbursed later.
Third District Judge Denise Lindberg ordered the payment in February, saying the accountants are owed fees for Utah's 2005 takeover of the assets of the polygamous border towns of Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City.