BOISE -- The Boise County commissioners have lost another court case, the latest in a string of costly legal setbacks that have, among other things, stretched their public finances to the limit.

This time, the Idaho Supreme Court ruled this week former county emergency services manager Gordon Ravenscroft has a right to have a judge review his 2011 firing.

Ravenscroft was terminated amid allegations he was double-dipping to pad his paycheck.

However, multiple counts of grand theft against him were dismissed last year.

Now, justices say Boise County inappropriately sought to deny him a fair hearing over his firing.

Even before this, Boise County lost a $5.4 million judgment in 2010 in federal court that forced the government to hike taxes on residents.

The county now must pay Ravenscroft's legal fees, too.

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