Q Is the Board of Aldermen entitled to access to the financial information on the accounts of the municipality? The Mayor has refused to provide monthly budget reports and other financial information.

A Aldermen are entitled to reasonable access, without charge, to information required to perform their duties, regardless as to the approval of the mayor, and should insist on access to any records or information which are necessary in carrying out the duties of office of an alderman. If the Mayor refuses to provide reasonable access to records necessary for the aldermen to perform their duties the Board of Aldermen may seek judicial relief in a court of competent jurisdiction. (Attorney General’s Opinion to Bailey, April 24, 2015)