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Tell us – do you want to know how government is using public money?

Help us decide at the Enterprise whether to pursue a particular story.

Malheur County said it intends to charge the Enterprise $875 for documents showing what work has been done at public expense by a county department.

The charge, we’re told, is because what the newspaper is asking for isn’t of any use to the people of Malheur County.

We wonder if that’s a true sense among taxpayers, so we want your opinion. We are serious about professionally performing our watchdog role.

Here’s the circumstance.

Since 2013, the county has paid Gregory Smith & Company a fee of $9,000 a month to run the county Economic Development Department.

Under the county contract, Greg Smith agreed to perform 12 specific tasks, or “deliverables” as they are called in legal lingo.

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