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COMMENTARY: County official doesn’t think key records serve a public interest. Do you agree?

Les Zaitz, editor and publisher, Malheur Enterprise.

Greg Smith doesn’t believe that certain government records about Malheur County’s economic development operation are any use to the public.

I’d like your opinion on that, but first here’s the situation.

As we’ve reported, Malheur County wants to go into the industrial park business, developing properties in Nyssa around the Treasure Valley Reload Center. The county put economists and engineers and others to work to map out the project and estimate the costs.

What did that work cost the public?

The Enterprise requested records about the contractor assignments and what they charged. We also asked that the fee for getting that government information be dropped, which state law allows.

Nothing doing, according to Smith, who is director of the . . .