Printing Voter Lists, Legal Notices a Drain on Local Coffers
TENNESSEE VALLEY (WHNT) – To most people, $150,000 is a huge chunk of change. It could pay the average salary of three teachers in Huntsville. It could buy four new police cars.
In Huntsville, it’s in the budget to pay for something else: legal notices in newspapers.
In fact, it’s in all city budgets. These legal notices are required by state law, but how effective are they?
"I think everybody pretty much understands that eventually technology is going to reach a point where publication is going to go online," said Ken Smith with the Alabama League of Municipalities. "The public is interested in using technology. There's a lot more access to it as it becomes available."
State law requires cities to print certain legal notices, but in the 21st century, does this law even make sense anymore?
WHNT News 19's Carson Clark explores this issue Thursday, November 21 on WHNT News 19 at 10:00 p.m. in his special report, The Cost of Government.