Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Appeals court: private utility subject to open records law

(AP) — The Kentucky Court of Appeals has ruled that a private utility in eastern Kentucky is subject to the open records law because it receives all its revenue from local governments.

Reports indicate Judge Irv Maze wrote in the decision on Friday that "exceptions to the public's right to know are rightfully few and narrowly read."

Pikeville-based Utility Management Group, which operates Pike County's water and sewer services for the publicly owned Mountain Water District, has been fighting an open records request from Pike County officials for more than four years.

County officials filed the request after critical state audits to determine how UMG spends the money of local customers.