Ada County continues its game of “hide n’ seek” when it comes to public records by telling the DAILY PAPER it will cost $110 to obtain copies of public comment submitted to the Planning and Zoning Commission. The cover letter is a damning comment from P&Z about the process of approving the Dynamis trash to energy scheme.
To be fair, the Statesman asked only for the cover letter (posted below) from the P&Z to the Commishes. However, a county custodian of records told the paper if they wanted to see the attachments, it would require $110 to include about 150 pages of written PUBLIC testimony submitted to the P&Z. Reason: cover attorney costs to review “exempt information.”
Commissioner David Case and Commissioner-elect Jim Tibbs have both assured the GUARDIAN they will not continue this game with public records. Both attended a seminar (along with the GUARDIAN) on public records and open meetings presented by Attorney General Lawrence Wasden last week. The thrust of Wasden’s message is for the media and government to become familiar with the law and provide PUBLIC information as readily as possible to the PUBLIC.
(Note: A reader caught a typo in the first paragraph which may be very appropriate)
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