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Town That Stonewalled on Tax Data,Admits Breaking Law

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A couple in Barrington, R.I. began asking questions when their property assessment doubled. Town officials stonewalled. A year, a lawsuit and a complaint to the state attorney general later, the town has apologized, paid a fine and delivered the information. In telling the couple’s story, the Providence Journal asked online readers, “Have you had problems with getting access to public records?” and gave them the opportunity to both vote and comment. Online readers can view the results. (8/1/05)