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OC Council Members Push Open Government

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OCEAN CITY, Md. - Renewal of Ocean City's advertising agency contract is sparking debate over transparency of government.

Last month, the town council voted to discuss the $800,000 contract, for the company which handles Ocean City's $15 million advertising budget over three years, but this happened in closed session.

Despite having no complaints with the ad agency, two members felt a discussion over so much money, should be open for public input.

"The council tried to do it in closed session 29:24 without any public discussion. Which was wrong," says Councilman Brent Ashley.

The city attorney agreed, and the topic is now on the June 15th agenda for discussion.

There has been a request by a member of the council for a special prosecutor to look into the transparency issue, which is also set to be discussed at tomorrow's meeting.      

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