New Berlin Alderman Bill Moore explains:
“ The mayor properly vetoed the 2010 budget after it passed 5-1, with me the only one opposed. It takes $1,800,000 from surplus, which does two terrible things:
New Berlin’s annual Christmas parade was cancelled this year due to an apparent lack of interest, money, sponsors.
However, if you want to take the kiddies to see Santa here are two local options:
Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council’s Christa Westerberg, an attorney, tells us open records law is about democracy. Citizens have the right to records to better inform themselves about government and ultimately hold it accountable. The law says providing access to information is “declared to be ….an integral part of the routine duties of officers and employees.” Citizens are entitled to courteous and efficient service. The law also says “custodians of public records must respond as soon as practicable and without delay.” The state attorney general’s office advises that responses should be issued within 10 working days. For simple requests, it should be sooner.
I’m a taxpaying citizen who has actively sought information/records from city and school government for over a decade. I wish I could report that government officials/employees have always been cooperative, courteous and supportive of the public’s right to know or responded in a timely manner, but sadly, I can’t. The multiple negative experiences would fill a book.
Paul Lincoln Scheuble died December 17, apparently of septicemia.
I was deeply saddened by that news.