Four people are dead in two separate accidents in Central Ohio. In Pataskala, investigators say a head-on collision on East Broad took three lives. One vehicle crossed the center line. Early this morning, the driver of a pick-up truck was killed when he slammed into a tree in a residential area south of Route 104 [...]
Ohio Auditor Dave Yost: Cities Disregard Open Records Law
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Ohio State Auditor Dave Yost says many Ohio cities are not obeying the spirit of the stateâ€™s open records law.Â Yostâ€™s staff in October asked for basic payroll records from 247 cities. After 10 days, more than 40% still hadnâ€™t responded. After a month, 23% still hadnâ€™t responded. Yost says thatâ€™s a dismal record, and itâ€™s bad news for average citizens who might want to look at government records.
“The state’s public records law is alive, but it’s not particularly well,” said Yost.
Yost says when cities refuse to make public records available, they open themselves up to citizen lawsuits,and local taxpayers may have to pay legal fees for both sides.
Itâ€™s been more than 4 months since Yost requested the basic payroll records, and despite several phone calls and repeated requests, the auditor says 2 cities — Niles and Campbell — have never turned over the data.
Yost saysÂ when cities refuse to make public records available, they open themselves up to citizen lawsuits,and local taxpayers may have to pay legal fees for both sides.