The official position was that the meetings were open to the public, therefore there was no need to tape the proceedings. The fact that some people worked, were ill, or traveling made no difference. The invitation was made to attend. Obligations satisfied. So, now you couldn't review the meetings if you could not attend.
There should have been a hue and cry from the Rowlett taxpayers. There wasn't. The voting on the poll was anemic; shamefully so. So, "officialdom" knows the constituency pretty well. They know the taxpayers don't give a rat's south side about budgets and taxes. It makes one wonder what Rowlett would be if anybody really cared. No doubt, some do, but the ranks are thin. With all the advantages we have, Rowlett should be the gem of the DFW area. Remaining lethargic almost assures second place when vying for first rate businesses and residences. Being ignorant (as opposed to stupid) doesn't help. Being ignorant of the facts inspires one to become stupid.