On publishing and noticing

The town crier is about to be muffled:

House Bill 472 would repeal the requirement that local governments publish public notices where people are most likely to notice them – in a newspaper of general circulation. Instead, governments could comply with the law by posting notices on their own websites, and nowhere else.

Take it from somebody who beat his head against the wall trying to get exposure for a published novel, just posting it on your website will accomplish nothing.

Comments

Wasted tax money

This should be a tax saving bill because there publications all over this state who live off the local government dole by having these state laws for public notices. I am in process of going to find out just how much taxpayer money goes toward the Greensboro news n record along with the other weekly publications who get this money to publish . It is time for the 20 th century to happen , these statutes for public notices is outdated and needs a complete overhaul

There are some things

that government should not be allowed to cut, and making the public aware of meetings is one of them.

And as far as saving the taxpayers money, how much more money could (or would) government waste if concerned taxpayers weren't there to watch?

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per your question , it is time for these local notices to come of age and be located as the law states they still have to have a written notice on file. If i as a person wanted to see the foreclosures or some public meeting that needs to be advertised or some bid process the main place to go look would be on the internet at each municipalities web page. How about we get the league of municipalities to have a main portal for public notices all over the state since plenty of taxpayer monies goes to this org.

It is funny to read the editorial and not have them identify just how much taxpayer money they take on this general statute. This needs to happen and quit wasting taxpayers money on this endeavor.

Public Legal Notice

The real value of publishing these legal notices in a printed publication such as a newspaper is the permanence of the record.

A posting on a website does not provide that permanence.

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The measure of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little. - FDR

I think this is a great idea:

How about we get the league of municipalities to have a main portal for public notices all over the state

But as a supplement to an actual printed, widely circulated public notice, not a replacement.

I know you've attended many local government meetings, my friend. And you've rendered a great service to your community by bearing witness to bad government when you see it. But we need more people like you, not fewer. Removing these notices from the paper has the effect of removing them from the eyes of thousands, and making them only available to the few dozen who would track them down.

as i have said

i would do it as a free service on my blog if it would save me taxpayer money not putting it in a newspaper. Nobody wants to talk about how much money this costs but i will do a foi request in guilford county on this issue . It might take time to get the information but will see just how much it cost taxpayer.

We can put statutes on this bill to make it more transparent on the local municipalities. Widely circulated to a industry that is losing customers on a daily basis conmpared to more customers getting their information on the internet is more of my liking. How come the newspapers do not put them online why don't they make this statute also have the local newspapers do this online. having this information online needs to be a part of the process and if it works then we need to ween off the newspapers from doing this and also save taxpayers plenty of money all over this state.

I want our government to be more transparent and hiding a notice in a weekly paper or in the greensboro news and record is not my cup of tea. I would like to see more of this be a part of each municipalities web sites for all to see and get the information.

How do you guarantee the permanence of the record? n/t

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The measure of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little. - FDR