Open Public Records Act Impact on Hamilton Township
With some of the accusations being
made against the Hamilton Township Municipal Government regarding transparency,
I believe it is important to provide some facts to residents.
In 2017, there were 755 open public
records requests made to Hamilton Township.
During 2018, that number grew exponentially to 1,765 requests.
Last year, Hamilton Township
provided over 60,000 pages of public records to fulfill these requests.
The significant increase in
requests seems to be fueled by only a few individuals with personal agendas,
rather than sincere efforts to obtain public information. Not only has the dramatic spike in requests
monopolized the time and resources of our government employees, they have cost
The sad reality is that Township
employees and our taxpayers are becoming the unintended casualty as
a result of these politically-motivated requests.
Additionally, there have been numerous
instances of employees being video recorded, followed, and made to feel
uncomfortable for simply doing their jobs.
To me, there is a clear distinction between these excessive actions and
Our Municipal Government will
always remain committed to transparency, adhering to State Law regarding the
Open Public Records Act and in demonstrating dedication and quality service to
our bosses – the taxpayers of Hamilton Township.
Mayor of Hamilton Township