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Re: “Vote for progress in Little Rock

Yes, go ahead and vote no on the tax...you know where you'll be in 2 years? Pine Bluff, that's where! PB used to be a great city, but with no money, PB is no longer so great. Do you really want your city, Little Rock, to be the next Pine Bluff? If you don't care, then you can certainly vote no on the tax. But if you want this city to continue being a nice place to live that is improving every day, then I would suggest you vote yes.

Posted by AR Citizen on 08/30/2011 at 4:15 PM

Re: “Little Rock Government Payroll: Detail View

1. You misspelled the word overpaid.
2. Teresa is not a guy's name; this person is female, as indicated next to the word GENDER.
3. At the City of Little Rock, a person that is an Administrative Assistant is not a fancy-titled receptionist; he/she is actually the Asssitant to a higher-level executive, indicating this person and most of the other people listed as Administrative Assistants, are paid less than the average for states included in the Arkansas region.
4. You most likely have no idea whether or not this person is overpaid, because in all likelihood, you have never had a job.

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Posted by AR Citizen on 08/30/2011 at 3:51 PM

Re: “LRPD: All reports $10, unless you know magic words

Ok, I understand what is being said here and agree with many of the concerns; however, at the same time, when considering the number of FOIs received, and the number of requests for copies of LRPD reports, should we not also consider the amount of employee time involved? According to an accountant I know, FOI requests can actually require government offices to hire additional staff just to handle these requests, at the expense of the tax payer, of course.

Arkansas Times, why don't you submit an FOI request asking how much staff time and subsequent salary dollars (my tax dollars!) are spent each year providing the information requested in FOI requests? Then do another FOI asking how much Officer time is spent providing copies of LRPD reports – time that the Officer could have been on patrol.

You know, you can have a government that responds promptly and accurately to each and every FOI request, and you can have ample Officers on patrol for all shifts, and you can have all the services you want from your city – but you have to remember that all the these services cost money. Would you rather pay that Police Officer to sit in an office providing reports to people all day, for only about 20 cents per copy to cover the cost of printing, OR would you rather have that Officer on patrol and responding to 911 calls?

The Freedom of Information Act is a great tool to gain information and was enacted primarily to ensure governments and/or public officials do not abuse their power and to ensure nothing it/they do can be hidden from the taxpayers. But when you have news agencies and publications submitting FOI requests for everything imaginable, that is an abuse of power as well.

As a citizen, I am often frustrated by the amount of negative press the state, city and county receive. It’s almost as though some publications and news agencies are simply gossip mongers that want to spread as much negativity and anger as they can. I certainly understand there are times when there are actually corruption and misdeeds that should be reported, but so often there isn’t corruption or misdeeds, but simply a government office trying to serve the citizens as best they can, and somewhere some reporter decides to make a negative news story out of it. A perfect example in this story is in the very first paragraph, “…in what might be a violation of the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act — or at least a case of governmental fleecing.” Might it not have served the purpose just as well to simply inform the public this information is obtainable for a smaller fee by requesting this information via the FOIA, and providing the quotes from the various city offices, rather than automatically assuming this is some attempt to steal all the money they can from the citizens, $10 at a time?

To the Arkansas Times and all other news agencies and/or publications: Every time you submit an FOI request, please remember that you are using my hard earned money to gather this information, and then ask yourself: is this information going to uncover corruption or in some way help the citizens of this City? Or am I just being nosy, trying to create some unnecessary drama or simply bored and trying to make my editor think I'm actually working on some really great article?

Posted by AR Citizen on 06/08/2011 at 1:59 PM

 

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