Judge: El Paso County commissioners did not violate open meetings law

The Colorado Springs Gazette: Closed sessions held in 2019 by El Paso County commissioners to discuss a ballot question that could have asked voters to allow the county to retain tax dollars were lawfully held and did not violate open meetings law, a judge found last week.

Rebecca Marshall, co-founder of advocacy group The Springs Taxpayers, filed a lawsuit in August 2020  against the county, asserting the closed meetings were not lawful executive sessions but were open meetings because the matters discussed during those meetings were not clearly identified. Marshall argued the county “provided only negligible identification of the particular matter the board intended to discuss,” according to court documents.

The group also sought audio of the meetings to be released, saying there was no reason for discussions to have been secret.

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