The Colorado Springs Gazette has opined (scroll down to second item) that Colorado’s open records law:
Colorado’s Open Records Act…slows and greatly overcomplicates the release of public information by creating an elaborate, multi-step process to access documents that, in most cases, should be released on demand.
This conclusion may not surprise Amy Gahran, who has started a citizen journalism project to track how the city of Boulder spends the funds it is now receiving courtesy of the new Boulder carbon tax.
She is looking for more detail on the city’s emission’s inventory.
The city of Boulder may resist providing the emission inventory on the grounds that it is proprietary. Amy wonders how something the taxpayers paid for can be considered proprietary.
I hope that Amy’s efforts to obtain that information are met with great success and that she doesn’t one day sigh in frustrated recognition as she reads about Gregg Smith’s efforts, chronicled at the Electric City weblog, to obtain information from the city of Great Falls, Montana pertaining to the city’s investment in a coal-generating plant.
We’re adding the Boulder Carbon Tax Tracker to our blogroll of citizen journalists who use the open records process.