Thieves, thieves, thieves. That is the word that came to mind last week when I got an invoice from the Jackson city clerk's office for a copy of the Goodwill Industries Zoning application. The city charged $80 for a copy of a zoning app that was all of sixty pages. $45 for copying charges and $35 for "staff costs". Ridiculous.
A citizen should be able to go in and see a zoning application on demand. Period. There is nothing that draws the ire of voters as does a zoning problem, well, except for crime. However, the city forces people to first file a public records request for a zoning application, makes them wait seven business days to get the records, and then pulls this crap and charges $80 for something that should be posted FOR FREE on the city website. Hi, we're from the government and we are here to help you.
The cost for the Goodwill Industries app was $80. The cost for all of the MDA Tourism Sales Tax Rebate applications was $50. More than a few people were giving thanks for the posting of the MDA docs. If you want to chip in for the costs of these documents, feel free to hit the donate button on the right or send a donation to
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Ridgeland, MS 39158