By: Diane Benjamin
First, why is the Freedom of Information officer for Stanford a lawyer? How much is it costing taxpayers to get information through a lawyer that you are entitled to under the law? Is the FOIA officer a lawyer to hide information?
Stanford residents have been paying an extra $5 per month tacked on to their water bills for a potential sewage treatment plants. I wanted to know how much money has been collected and where it is. I send this FOIA request to the Town:
Total received to date by the $5.00 per month charge on water bills for a future sewer plantBank account and fund balance verifying the money collected is not being spent on other items.
Patrick McGrath, the lawyer, has refused to give me the information. He thinks I should name the exact documents I want, of course that would mean going to Stanford and looking at their books and finding the information myself. Pat, how am I suppose to know what documents to ask for? Bank account wasn’t clear? A fund balance line item wasn’t clear?
Stanford, your FOIA officer is violating the spirit of the law to hide information.
Where is your $5 a month? Has Stanford spent it? Do you really think a tiny town collecting $5 per month on water bills is ever going to receive enough for a sewage treatment plant?
This guy is also the lawyer for the Allin Township Fire Protection District. Other information I have requested is also being denied.
Citizens have a right to know where their money is. Below is his contact information. Citizens need to start demanding answers! Let me know what you find out. Corruption is easy when citizens don’t ask questions, especially in small towns. Think Dixon Illinois.