Paris, Texas

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Paris Texas is a city in Lamar County Texas.

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The good

  • The names of all city council members and contact information for 2 out of 6 of them are published.
  • City council meeting agendas are published.
  • The current budget is published.
  • Information on administrative officials and Audit reports are published.

The bad

  • Contact information is not provided for all city council members.
  • Meeting minutes are not published.
  • There is no information on ethics, contracts, lobbying, and the tax rate.

Public records

On Aug. 29, 2008 Jay Guest, a consultant for Dallas-based TES Energy Services, filed a Texas Public Information Act request with the city seeking information on how much Paris pays per kilowatt hour for electricity. City Attorney Kent McIlyar initially denied the request, saying that the information was confidential. The rejected request was forwarded on to the state Attorney General's office, where Assistant Attorney General Jennifer Luttrall ruled that the information is a matter of public record, and directed McIlyar to fulfill Guest's request. “The terms of a contract with a governmental body are generally not excepted from public disclosure,” she said. “Disclosure of prices charged government is a cost of doing business with government.”[5]

The city pays 10.855 cents per kilowatt hour of electricity.

Lobbying

Main article: Texas government sector lobbying
Main article: Texas Municipal League members list

Paris pays membership dues to the Texas Municipal League, a government sector lobbying association.

External links

Paris City Texas

References

  1. Financial Documents
  2. City Council
  3. Directory
  4. Financial Documents
  5. City answers open records request, The Paris News, December 3, 2008