Readers, we’d like to know your experience with local government transparency, especially with regards to open records.
As Sunshine Week, highlighting the importance of open government and the freedom of information, draws to close, I think it’s important to turn the focus on the general public’s encounters with government.
After all, we do this for a living. Part of our job is to know how to request records, follow up, and try to get what we need to inform the public. Bluntly, we get paid to do this. From that vantage point, it’s easy to lose sight of how government does (or doesn’t) work for the vast majority.
So please tell us how well local government works for you. Are city (or county) staff helpful or do your requests fall on deaf ears? How easy do you find it to get the information you needed? What information do you want to see made public?
Comments welcome below or at dforbes [at] mountainx.com, if you don’t feel like sharing your story publicly.