Secretary of State

MIDDLEBURY — Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos brought his “2019 transparency tour” to Middlebury on Tuesday, a biennial visit designed to drill town officials on the information they must share with the people who elect them and/or pay their salaries. And Condos’ message — delivered at Middlebury’s Ilsley Library to just two Waltham officials and this reporter amid the first snow of the season — was consistent: The custodians of state and local records must share all information — except for special circumstances outlined in Vermont’s transparency laws, its Public Records Act, and its...
Vermonters shouldn’t have to pay for access to their government’s public records. Government transparency is far too important to be revoked by government agencies when they feel inconvenienced. Generous access to public records is rooted in the Vermont Constitution, and comes from Vermont statutes: “It is the policy of this subchapter to provide for free and open examination of records consistent with Chapter I, Article 6 of the Vermont Constitution. Officers of government are trustees and servants of the people and it is in the public interest to enable any person to review and criticize...

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Addison County Independent

58 Maple Street
Middlebury, VT 05753

Phone: 802.388.4944
Fax: 802.388.3100