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Thursday, September 4, 2008

Tri-City Herald Editoiral on $230,000 Fine for Town of 440

The Tri-City Herald writes this editorial about the Public Records Act penalty of almost $230,000 levied against the tiny town of Mesa, population 440.

Oh, but don't cry for Mesa: they deserved it.

Too bad a town with an annual budget of under $350,000 must pay a fine of $230,000--but that's what happens when you blatantly break the law and then carry on for years in court (fueled by taxpayer money paying the city's legal fees). The town's officials decided to gamble (with taxpayer money) and lost. Should have thought about that when you started breaking the law.