Small newspapers and their counties at odds over legal notice requirements

9NEWS: A lawsuit over Custer County’s decision to change its newspaper of record, because commissioners allegedly didn’t like the reporting of one paper, has reignited a conversation about why county governments are required to post so much in local papers.

The requirements are part of a century-old law requiring county governments to post their financial warrants, which detail county expenses.

“We are the only level of government who has to publish this,” said Eric Bergman with Colorado Counties, Inc., an association of county governments. “When everyone gets their news from their phones, their tablets, their computers… it’s just an unfair…its inequitable.”

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