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Re: “The Tuesday night line

Our local governments are broke. In a perfect world we would publish notices on radio because there is an underserved part of the community that can not read. But that would be ridiculously expensive. We have to make choices based on cost. Luckily there is a solution. Look at this site .

It is FREE-You don’t have to subscribe to a newspaper to receive the notices THE NOTICES COME TO YOU-. No more hunting for notices in the back of the newspaper. They e-mail alerts based on preference of both type of notice and locality. (“Please e-mail me whenever there is a zoning hearing in Camden".

Set it up once and forget it. -IMMEDIATE-The local government doesn’t have to wait for the notice to be published in the newspaper for it to be published on line. The government employees can upload it straight to the site.

-BETTER DISCLOSURE-They link to the original documents (zoning maps, bid specifications, providing way more information than a notice in print. In addition, they map to the localities-DOCUMENTATION- they provide affidavits of publishing. -GREEN- No cutting down trees to publish these notices. -PERMANENCE- The notices stay on line forever. In newspapers, they are published in a few editions and then are gone. COST SAVINGS- The local governments will save 90% of what they spend in notices. The newspaper’s publish the notices for only a few weeks.This issue is playing out all over the country. Read . Newspapers do a lot of things really well. But so do a lot of businesses. It doesn’t mean as taxpayers we should overspend for a service that is now inferior

Posted by FredMark on 06/08/2011 at 7:58 PM

Re: “Going after newspaper legal ads

In order to pass, the legislation needs to bid out the hosting of the notices. Instead of having the government host it (which is a lightning rod for the newspapers) they should have an independent third party host it and engage the citizenry. It is so sad that formerly independent newspapers use precious editorial space to admittedly protect their own business. It is nothing more than a bully pulpit. If the trucking industry wanted to use that space to lobby for their own industry, this newspaper would not print it citing it as commercialization. There is a site that is INDEPENDENT, that PROVIDES E-MAILED ALERTS, MAPS TO ZONING ADDRESSES, SCHEDULES FOR HEARINGS, and AFFIDAVITS TO PROVE THAT NOTICED PUBLISHED.… . And instead of tens of thousands of dollars per year, they charge $2,000 per year for as many notices as you want aggregately saving the local governments of this state millions. Government does belong to the public not to the newspapers. We all now understand despite what newspapers provide, that their time has passed and our state laws should move with the times. There are many more citizens with access to the internet than there are who subscribe to newspapers. When the market works everyone gains. Look at what happened when Craig's List offered a better service for much less money. Classified Advertising left the newspaper to go on line. Same with public notices.

Posted by FredMark on 05/21/2011 at 4:16 PM


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