Public Notice Week should shed light on the publishing of Public Notices in print.
Look at this site http”//free-public-notice.com
1.) It is free. No Subscription to a newspaper required 2.) It allows readers to sign up for alerts so they do not have to keep going back to the newspaper. 3.) It is everywhere. 4.) It is environmentally friendly (no paper) 5.) It is comprehensive (full bid specifications or meeting notices as well as links to supporting documents can be included. For zoning requests they map the information 6.) If the notice is published it is available to the public immediately. 7.) Most importantly it is independent from the government.
This is an issue that needs awareness and Public Notice Week should shed a light on how fiscally irresponsible it is for our local governments to spend money on publishing notices in print. I’m glad the author of this piece can dismiss $75,000 as insignificant. Most taxpayers and readers can not.
Other states and counties are wrestling with this issue as well. Read about it at http://legal-notice.org
What a great idea. In New York, the publishing requirement is universally detested in the small business community. It appears that legal-notice.org has taken the bull by the horns and demonstrates that you can "publish" a notice to the general public and not charge anything. I've spoken to them and it appears that they will only charge a nominal fee for an affidavit (notarized proof that the ad has and is still on the web site. The advantages of publishing on line in lieu of newspapers are many:
1.) The notices on line are indexed by search engines and thus available world wide. In the newspaper, if you don't subscribe to the specific newspaper, you never see them.
2.) The notices on line are posted/published every day forever. In the newspaper they often run 2 or 4 times and then disappear.
3.) Corrections can be made immediately on line.
4.) The cost as www.legal-notice.org has shown can be nothing.
It is understandable to be skeptical of the government entities publishing their own ads but why not bid out on line publishing to the lowest bidder?