Newsday reported on PSEG failing to pay sales tax for
over a year after taking over the area’s electric grid.
The loss of $4 million came as the government faced a
PSEG claimed it was tax exempt as a state agency
County officials warned of possible future litigation
The Springfield Times did a short story on a city council
The story covered the entire meeting in less than 500
A lot of information was provided in a short space
Reporting on local government meetings can uncover topics that are vital to
the local community
The major supplier of electricity was being accused of failing to pay taxes
These shortfalls effected the county’s budget which in turn effected
community programs and other county services
The threat of a future lawsuit could also mean further tax dollars spent
Some readers are “browsers” but in reading the story in Springfield, they are
equally as informed on the meeting.
Other readers may find the story lacking, but are curious about the meeting
and may attend the next public meeting.
The TAKEAWAY: Local government is where the governing that effects
people’s day-to-day lives happens and it’s important to inform and educate
the electorate as to what goes on in these meetings.