The State Supreme Court ordered a Georgia city to pay the legal fees of a group who sued the city for violating the Georgia Open Meetings law.
That means Statesboro must pay more than $4,000 in legal fees.
The mayor and council were cited for holding secret budget meetings, which is a clear violation of the law.
Albany's City Attorney says that's not an issue here, but he thinks the decision will prompt government agencies to make sure they adhere to Open Records and Meetings laws.
"I would think it will make everybody aware that the Supreme Court of Georgia is jealous about guarding the open meetings law, I think that is kind of the signal they are sending out," says Nathan Davis, Albany City Attorney.
Davis says it is clear that the budget meeting in Statesboro should have been open to the public, especially because people want and need to know how their local government spends their tax money.
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