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City code changes must ensure public records remain public

Posted: January 9, 2014 - 5:26pm  |  Updated: January 10, 2014 - 10:01am

As the city “mulls” over its public record rules, there are some things to keep in mind. Folks working for or serving in any capacity for the City of Soldotna or any other public service must never forget their roles as stewards of the public trust. The accountability of these people is important and transparency is critical.

As taxpaying stakeholders in our community, it is important that we all be knowledgeable of how our money is spent and managed. While some records are personal and private for justifiable reasons, most public record should always be available for review.

Endeavoring to restrict public access in any way should be of great concern to the affected public. Great care must be taken not to provide, via any regulation, an individual or group of individuals any unfair advantage for gaining power or to otherwise hide information regarding the operation of any city project.

If we make adjustment as to how we conduct business in our community, remember, our method of operation in the USA is for the people and by the people.

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