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Monday, March 23, 2009

Mayor Admits: Lack of Trust Leads to Public Records Requests

Finally. Confirmation of something we have always known but hadn't seen admitted: citizens' lack of trust of a governmental body often leads to more public records requests to verify what they're doing.

This Kitsap Sun story describes the situation on Bainbridge Island, which has over 600 requests a year in a city of 22,000 people.

So, instead of trying to pass bills to make it harder to request public records, perhaps local government could concentrate on giving citizens more trust in government. Just kidding. That trust thing is way harder.