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Public Disclosure, Not so fast

December 15, 2011

by Mike Scerbo

Full public disclosure seems to be getting a cold response from the Tusayan Town Council. At a meeting this month Councilmember Bill Fitzgerald cautioned the council on some items that have been fast-tracked without time for preparation or discussion.
Fitzgerald proposed that unless there is an emergency, items should not be voted on unless they have been discussed at a prior meeting. Fitzgerald notes that many action items arrive on the agenda just days before the council meeting leaving little time for preparation or review, “I would like to see more lead time on action items…we don’t always have the answers on the first time we talk about action items.”
Fitzgerald says this is critical for items that impact the Town’s budget or the town’s future. Council Member Al Montoya shot down the idea as did John Reuter.
 Fitzgerald isn’t the only one who gets last minute notification. Frequently, the council agenda is posted at the day before the meeting and the detailed breakdown of what is being discussed isn’t available until the meeting begins.
Fitzgerald is echoing the thoughts of the rest of the community when he opines on the lack of information.