What happens when a Town Board elects to conduct a budget workshop behind closed doors?
Residents voice their concern.
Despite the session being labeled as a preliminary budget hearing – complete with legal notices to The Auburn Citizen, and full-attendance – Throop Supervisor William Tarby led the charge to hold the session behind closed doors.
The Citizen reports that after residents voiced concerns, and they reached out to Tarby for clarification – he remained certain the the action was legal.
That said, the evidence doesn’t appear to be on their side. State regulations dictate that any sessions – workshops or meetings – need to be conducted in the public eye if there is a quorum.
Despite previous opinions issued by the state Committee on Open Government – which outline that fact – Tarby told The Auburn Citizen that the session was legal.