31Jan/16

Our Response – Part Two (the manipulation defense)

…this is part two of a three part response. For part one please click HERE. We recently visited the Enterprise City Council meeting on Tuesday 1/19/16 to find out why they had denied our requests to release the city’s financial data in Excel format, which they readily admit they are capable of doing. We also wanted to know why they felt $7500 was a “reasonable” fee to charge for such data even though it shouldn’t consume near that much in city resources to produce. You can read more about our visit HERE and watch a video of our address to the council HERE. The city has formulated a three partRead More…

24Jan/16

Our Response – Part One (the legal defense)

If you haven’t heard, we visited the Enterprise City Council meeting on Tuesday 1/19/16 and asked why they had denied our requests to provide the city’s financial information in Excel format (they have since admitted they are fully capable of producing documents in this format). In addition we wanted to know why they wanted to charge us $7500 for the documents even though it shouldn’t require much effort or expense to produce. You can read more about the meeting HERE and watch the video of the meeting HERE (this is a new, audio-enhanced version that has been edited to only include our address). The city has formulated a three part defense forRead More…

19Jan/16

Are we Really Transparent Enough?

Well it’s been a while since we’ve said much.  Rest assured we have been hard at work collecting some interesting data through public records requests.  You may recall that the last time we approached the Mayor and the City Council and asked for increased transparency we were told that the city was already “transparent enough” and that the council had decided not to invest in financial transparency software that would provide information to the citizens that they have a right to access.  Instead they said that anyone needing information should “just ask” and of course pay up. We took them up on their offer.  We have asked for several piecesRead More…