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on Jan 16, 2012
I'm confused. When did "summary minutes" mean detailed discussion before the committee/commission? Wouldn't that be "detailed minutes"?
Now I have to watch a 4 hour video to know the positions people took at the meetings instead of reading/skimming a 5-10 page document. Government transparency isn't always efficient or cheap. At $4000 per year this was not exactly breaking the bank.
Not only was the $4,000 a miniscule amount (especially as part of a multi-million dollar budget), it's not clear the amount will even be a savings, or just a reduction in workload. Is anyone's pay being reduced by eliminating this work?
Aside from making our government less transparent, this really devalues the work of commission members, as council and the public won't have access to the thoughts that came before the vote.
My impression from comments during the Council meeting is that council members would like to see how it goes during the next six months or so and then (possibly) take this up again for discussion. Meanwhile, if you have an opinion or suggestions about this issue, I strongly urge you to send your thoughts to Council (and ask that advisory committees, commissions, and boards be copied) through this web page: Web Link
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