Statesboro violates state's Open Meetings Act - WALB.com, Albany News, Weather, Sports

Statesboro violates state's Open Meetings Act

Posted: Updated:
  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • DCP searching for missing elderly man

    DCP searching for missing elderly man

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 2:18 AM EDT2014-07-30 06:18:44 GMT
    Dougherty County Police are searching for 71 year-old Ronald Sutton Hausman. He was last seen at his home around 10:00 Tuesday night on the 1700 block of Doug Lane.More >>
    Dougherty County Police are searching for 71 year-old Ronald Sutton Hausman. He was last seen at his home around 10:00 Tuesday night on the 1700 block of Doug Lane.More >>
  • Vandals target Habitat for Humanity

    Vandals target Habitat for Humanity

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 11:57 PM EDT2014-07-30 03:57:21 GMT
    Vandals hit Albany Habitat homes.More >>
    Vandals hit Albany Habitat homes.More >>
  • Poor fire protection leads to skyrocketing insurance costs

    Poor fire protection leads to skyrocketing insurance costs

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 11:54 PM EDT2014-07-30 03:54:39 GMT
    Some Worth County homeowners are seeing steep increases in their insurance premiums because of poor fire protection.More >>
    Some Worth County homeowners are seeing steep increases in their insurance premiums because of poor fire protection.More >>

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.

Copyright 2011 WALB.  All rights reserved.