This newspaper often takes public officials to task and questions what they decide — or don’t decide — but it should also take a moment to praise the valley’s elected officials for some recent decisions.

The Town Council is right to do away with a rarely enforced rule prohibiting three unrelated people from sharing a home. The outmoded ordinance doesn’t reflect the valley’s roommate culture and further hinders our housing crisis.

This newspaper is also heartened to see the Town Council planning to discuss a recent decision to charge fees to see public records. The small amount of money to be made doesn’t outweigh the cost to public access to records in a democracy that depends on civic engagement.

Keeping the public apprised of how decisions are made builds acceptance for those decisions. It’s hard to trust decisions made behind closed doors. So credit also goes to Teton County commissioners for keeping the planning discussions for northern South Park open to the public.

By the News&Guide’s editorial board: Johanna Love, Rebecca Huntington, Kevin Olson and Adam Meyer.

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