Bobbi Anne Hancock filed an open records request for the agendas and minutes of all regularly scheduled and called meetings of the VLCIA letter asking $125.09 for copies of agendas and minutes of the Valdosta-Lowndes County Industrial Authority (VLCIA) from 2006 to the present, and got this letter back:
So at 12 meetings per year for five years plus another 3 months, that would be about 63 meetings, divided into $125.09 gets about $1.99 per meeting.
Is this normal practice? Let’s compare.
- 2002-present Lowndes County
- 2007-present City of Valdosta
- 1998-present City of Hahira
- 2009-present City of Lake Park
- 2008-present City of Remerton
- 2005-present City of Dasher
Well, maybe that’s unfair. Those are elected councils, and besides, maybe Dasher has more resources than the Industrial Authority’s $3 million a year in tax revenue.
After all, VLCIA only has $8,379,503 net assets and it has to spend those on things like more than $17,000 for speakers for a biomass “Forum”.
How could the Industrial Authority possibly afford to put its agendas and minutes online like every municipality in the county already does?