MyRye.com just found as easy one. A non-partisan, money-saving no brainer. Let's see if we can make it happen. We'll need our readers voices with local and maybe state officials. Speak up and leave a comment below and we can save $16,385.17 each year.
We told you about our recommendation to digitize Rye City legal notices.
There are a bunch of city and state rules that need to be changed (ahem – Mayor French and Assemblyman Latimer – we have an easy win for each of you) before the city can actually stop flushing (er, spending) this money to run ads in print newspapers (the official law of the land).
So we took the suggestion of Rye City Councilman Joe Sack. MyRye.com will start to post these notices now, before the rules are changed, at no cost to Rye City. See the first legal notice that has been digitized under our new heading Rye City – Legal Notices on the left side column of this we site.
Here is the deal:
- The city is required to post these notices in a newspaper with paid circulation (see our earlier story of how this is a completely absurd anachronism that wastes our money without even achieving the desired intent).
- $16,385.17. Last year Rye City (that's you and me) paid the Journal News newspaper $16,385.17 to place legal notice ads – those micro-type ads buried in the paper that no one reads. That's a buck from every man, woman and child in Rye. In 2009, the city spent $11,497.77. This does not include the time cost of city employees.
- The city places 60 of these ads each year – that's $273/ad: Board of Appeals Meetings (12); Telecommunications Noticing (2); Local Law changes (10);Bids and Contracts (12); Public Hearings (24) and City Bonding (2).
- MyRye.com will work with the city manager's office and the city clerk to place these on MyRye.com for your enjoyment at no cost.
We just took a small but important step forward. Let's make it happen.