DENVER -- A Salt Lake City law firm hired by the Utah School District Finance Cooperative disputed a state report that recommends that the cooperative no longer keep Dougherty, Dawkins, Strand & Bigelow Inc. as its exclusive underwriter.

Last week, the office of the legislative auditor general recommended that the school district cooperative allow its members to choose their own underwriters and bond counsel and to decide between a negotiated or competitive underwriting process for their financings.

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