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Other cities shocked by BI’s flood of public records requests

Had a fun time on Friday calling up other cities and telling them how many public records requests the City of Bainbridge Island receives.

Best (printable) reaction was from the Poulsbo deputy city clerk: “Oh my god, that’s a huge amount!”

I got an even better exclamation from Mercer Island’s city attorney, but (after some pleading on her part), I agreed not to put in print. She felt it unbecoming of a person in her station. Her followup comment echoed Poulsbo reaction.

Fact is, Bainbridge residents are flooding City Hall with five times as many public records requests as comparable cities. And many are so complex that it takes staff days of digging to find and compile the requested info.

Read all about it here.