Monday, October 19, 2009

Debt to Town No Reason to Deny Records Request

Can a town deny a public-records request on the grounds that the requester still owes money for an earlier request?

No, according to a ruling made by Alan Cote, the Massachusetts supervisor of public records. As reported by the Brockton Enterprise, Cote has decided that Rockland Town Administrator Allan Chiocca was wrong to deny a resident's public records request for the reason that he still owed the town payment for past requests.

"You have failed to provide sufficient justification for withholding these records," Cote told the town administrator.

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