I am really starting to wonder whether or not the constant stream of complaints against certain Williamstown boards is justifiable or simply people with axes to grind.
Inevitably, it seems, most public institutions will have some type of complaint lodged against it at some point during its life. Whether this is due to actual malfeasance, poor record keeping or poor management, is for someone else to decide.
However, I do think something needs to change when important meetings are held with little to no announcement.
One particular example of this was the recent tax classification hearing to determine FY 2014 property tax rates.
Yes, all state regulations were followed in listing the meeting 48 hours prior as required by state law, but it seems to me that a meeting of such importance would warrant a little more notification. I think most people in town that follow such things would be interested in what their property tax might look like for the next year.
I know I would.
For The Advocate's purposes, the listing in the North Adams Transcript on Sept. 5, for a Sept. 9 meeting, was too late for inclusion in that week's edition.
So, while this may have simply been an oversight on the part of the board, one can't help wonder if there were other factors at play.