by – time to get our State Legislators involved
Colorado News Media is the parent company of our own Daily Fishwrap (a.k.a. Vail Daily). Accordingly your Eagle County Commissioners approved a recent payout of your tax dollars to that company for $25,979.07 – according to below – that was the Invoice for (one months?) work.
This started the ECT folks thinking – the ECT folks wanted to learn more – so the ECT went to Eagle County this past week – and asked. Here is what we learned.
What needs to be fixed!
1 – Some of the Taxpayer money sent to Colorado News Media is required by Colorado State Statues, Public Notices and the like – Eagle County (and all other Colorado County’s) are required to publish.
Here’s how to fix this obvious WASTE of Taxpayer monies.
2 – Change the law. KEEP the requirement for Public Notices on the books – just move the Public Notices to (in our case) the Eagle County Government – web site. Interested folks can still get there hands on the same information using their computer, smart phone or iPad. Our County’s Public Libraries have (free to use) computers, if you don’t have one.
This website migration – also has the obvious advantage of an interested reader being able to quickly/easily ask a question on the County’s web site about a specific item. Try and do that with the Fishwrap!
3 – Our ECO-Pals will be delighted to learn our Eagle County Landfill has less pages from County newspapers in it – and also reduces costs by having less items to be re-cycled/thrown out in the first place. Less trees being cut down, Environmentalists!
Answer: $61,281.23 for statutorily required Public Notices. That dollar figure looks like (1) well paid Eagle County Teacher Salary to the ECT. Now multiply that number for each of Colorado’s Counties and you’ve got some significant savings all over the State.
Further: Eagle County spent $23,042.08 in what Eagle County calls “Miscellaneous Advertising” with Colorado News Media last year.
Gee…ever wonder why “Editor Half the Story” over at the Fishwrap NEVER challenges your County Commissioners on any pertinent issue? More on that later.
For a look see at the exact breakout of money handed over to Colorado News Media from Eagle County (Click Here) Microsoft Excel format.