The very first right of the public to be infringed in floundering administrations is the public’s right to know what their government is doing.
Unlike rational individuals spending their own money, public entities will take up hopeless legal battles in an effort to hide embarrassing information in defense of misguided decisions.
Seattle spent more money trying to hide the disappointing revenue from a tax, than it gained in income from that tax. In this case, Seattle’s gun and ammunition tax drove business out of the city rather than generating the anticipated income. Instead of just saying so, the city decided to try to block public disclosure of the total revenue. It went to court with the predictable result.
Back at Timberlane….
During the 2017 organizational meeting after the March election, the Timberlane Regional School Board passed the following resolution:
VOTE: The newly amended motion to allow the Superintendent to seek legal counsel when necessary with firm most appropriate and to use Drummond and Woodsum as the counsel of record and to obtain prior school board approval for matters of litigation passed 5-4-0 (Mr. Bealo, Mr. Ward, Mrs. Sherman and Mr. Guide opposed).
The four votes against the motion were from those elected officials who do not believe the superintendent should have to seek permission from the board to engage in litigation with public funds.