A second set of
eyes in Saugus
To the editor:
Dear fellow citizens and educated voters, on behalf of my curious nature, political aptitude and quest for justice, I have petitioned our town government to release through the Freedom of Information Act upcoming financial statements and budgets for my review.
Periodically, I will be scanning through “line items” and expenditures in each department, all in an effort to analyze our current positive or negative financial position as we approach the Fiscal Year end.
Although my initial request for data was denied, I chose to partner with and appeal the “denial” with assistance from the Secretary of Commonwealth’s Office. The Freedom of Information Act clearly denotes a citizen’s right to this type of information.
Enclosed you will find the request and result of my appeal. Regards, Michael Coller
Supervisor of Records Rebecca Murray sent the following letter to the Town Manager’s Office. It reads: I have received the petition of Michael A. Coller appealing the response of the Town of Saugus to a request for public records. Specifically, Mr. Coller submitted a request for a copy of records pertaining to the “quarterly town’s profit/loss statement” involving the town’s Department of Public Works. As a result of the response provided, Mr. Coller petitioned this office and this appeal was opened.
Subsequent to the intervention by a staff member of the Public Records Division, I learned that a representative from the town intends on providing a written response to Mr. Coller to his respective request. Accordingly, the town is ordered to provide Mr. Coller with a response made in accordance with the Public Records Law, its access regulations and this order within 10 business days. It is preferable to send an electronic copy of each response to this office. Mr. Coller may appeal the substantive nature of the town’s responses within 90 days.