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Formal Complaints

Date:
02/15/2018

Subject:
Kevin Kilgore/Ringgold County - Dismissal Order

Opinion:

The Iowa Public Information Board

In re the Matter of:

Kevin Kilgore, Complainant

And Concerning:

Ringgold County, Respondent

 

                     Case Number: 18FC:0005                                  

                         DISMISSAL ORDER

             

 

COMES NOW, Margaret E. Johnson, Executive Director for the Iowa Public Information Board (IPIB), and enters this Dismissal Order:


On January 8, 2018, Kevin Kilgore filed a formal complaint against Ringgold County (County).  He alleged that the County violated Iowa Code sections 21.1, 21.3, and 22.3 on January 2, 2018, when the county auditor informed Mr. Kilgore that his December 15, 2017, record request was available at the Assessor’s office.  His complaint is that the information should be available on the Department of Revenue website.

Mr. Kilgore provided a response he received from the Department of Revenue that provided the records he requested.  He received these records on January 8, 2018.
 

Mr. Kilgore filed subsequent addendums and ‘erratas’:

1. Addendum 1, filed on January 9, 2018, described a public record request he received to “provide closure for that aspect of the complaint.”

2. Addendum 2, filed on January 22, 2018, outlined his concerns about the Assessor’s record keeping policies.

3. “Errata”, filed January 26, 2018, proved “evidentiary proof of tax valuation database-to-database discrepancies.”  


He also listed various other sections of the Iowa Code and alleged violations of those sections.  

As he has stated in previous dismissed complaints,  he alleged that violating any Iowa law is also a violation of Iowa Code sections 21.3 and 22.3 if a decision is made at an open meeting or is memorialized in a record.


Chapter 23 of the Iowa Code limits IPIB jurisdiction to review of chapters 21 (open meetings) and 22 (public records).  There is no IPIB jurisdiction over the other matters disputed by Mr. Kilgore.  There is no ability to establish IPIB jurisdiction by randomly citing sections of chapter 21 or 22.

The addendums do not provide information relevant to Iowa Code chapters 21 and 22.
 

Mr. Kilgore again requested that the IPIB “pass” this complaint to the Polk County District Court.  The IPIB has no authority or mandate to file a district court action on his behalf.

 

Iowa Code section 23.8 requires that a complaint be within the IPIB’s jurisdiction, appear legally sufficient, and have merit before the IPIB accepts a complaint.  This complaint does not fulfill those requirements.

 

IT IS SO ORDERED:  Formal complaint 18FC:0005 is dismissed as legally insufficient, without merit, and frivolous pursuant to Iowa Code section 23.8(2) and Iowa Administrative Rule 497-2.1(2)(b).

 

Pursuant to Iowa Administrative Rule 497-2.1(3), the IPIB may “delegate acceptance or dismissal of a complaint to the executive director, subject to review by the board.”  The IPIB will review this Order on February 15, 2018.  Pursuant to IPIB rule 497-2.1(4), the parties will be notified in writing of its decision.

 

By the IPIB Executive Director
 

________________________________

Margaret E. Johnson

 

Dated this _____ day of _______, 2018.

 

Cc:  Kevin Kilgore    

       Clint Spurrier, Ringgold County Attorney