The city of Rexburg contends an attorney general's opinion supports its argument that Madison County owes it about $88,000 in money collected in fines and forfeitures.

But county officials dispute the claim, and negotiations are under way in an effort to resolve the standoff.The city and county have been involved in a long-running battle over the disposition of money collected from fines and forfeitures in motor vehicle cases involving city ordinances.

The city claims it should get 90 percent of that revenue. But for the past four years, Madison County has been putting 90 percent into the district court fund.

City Attorney J.D. Hancock and Madison County Prosecutor Dale Thomson asked for an attorney general's opinion.

The seven-page opinion was prepared by Deputy Attorney General Francis Walker, and said, in part, "We must conclude the fines and forfeitures must be apportioned to the city."