By John Hubbuch
It's bad enough that the school districts and the Village had to resort to litigation that is dragging on for months at a cost of more than a $100,000 and rising. But what's even worse the poor dumb public has no idea what the dispute is really about or what is really going on.
The litigation involves decisions made and positions taken by publically elected officials. The dispute is over public funds. But even though it's hard to imagine a more public dispute, about the only thing these elected officials can agree on is that all discussion and information is subject to a mutually agreed confidentiality order.
So the public has no idea what's going on, whose at fault ,or what's going on. Remember this dispute is not between private parties and there is absolutely no law that requires this kind of confidentiality and secrecy.
In fact the secrecy and confidentiality is probably why the case has dragged on at such great expense to the taxpayers. If the parties were fully transparent and released copies of the underlying documents, witness statements, legal opinions and expert reports along with copies of bills and litigation budgets the case would resolve in a week.
My suspicion is that personal animus is a part of the problem here. But given the cloak of secrecy how would I or any one else really know?
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