Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

March 28, 2013
County decides to no longer pay for publishing public meeting agendas

As part of budget reductions, the Tooele County Commission has decided it will no longer pay to print commission meeting agendas in the Transcript Bulletin’s public notices section.

Instead, meeting agendas will be posted online or photo copied and made available at several community locations.

Governmental entities in Utah are required by the Open and Public Meetings Act to give public notice 24-hours in advance the date, time, place and agenda of their meetings.

The traditional method of public notice has been to print the required information in the classified/public notices section of a local newspaper.

In 2008, the Utah Legislature gave governmental entities the choice of either continuing to print meeting agenda notices in a local paper, or to post the information on an official statewide public meeting notice website.

If government officials choose to use the website, they still must give the local newspaper notice of its meeting agendas — but they are not required to have the information printed in the paper, nor to pay for that service. However, all other notices, such as passed ordinances, tax sales, election information, etc., must be published.

Despite the 2008 change, Tooele County and all local municipalities have chosen to keep publishing their meeting agenda notices in the Transcript Bulletin. At the same time, most have also chosen to post their agendas on the public meeting notice website.

The Tooele County Commission spent approximately $5,400 last year to print meeting agenda notices in the Transcript Bulletin.

Starting with their April 2 meeting, the commissioners will meet the legal requirement for public notice by posting meeting agendas on the state’s public meeting notice website. Agendas will also be posted on the county’s website.

The state website’s address is http://www.utah.gov/pmn/index.html. The county’s website address is http://www.co.tooele.ut.us/clerk.html.

Additionally, photo copies of meeting agendas will be available at the Tooele County Clerk’s office, the county health department, Tooele County Senior Center, Grantsville City Hall, Grantsville Senior Center, Wendover Senior Center, and the Transcript Bulletin’s front office.

Tim Gillie

Staff Writer at Tooele Transcript Bulletin
Tim covers education, Tooele City government, business, real estate, politics and the state Legislature. He became a journalist after a long career as an executive with the Boy Scouts of America. Tim is a native of Washington state and a graduate of Central Washington University.

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