Public Notice Resources

Keep the Light on Public Notices

Keep the Light on Public Notices in Virginia Newspapers
This page, designed for members of the public but loaded with information for everyone, includes results of the independent survey of Virginians' thoughts on public notices, conducted by DecideSmart and commissioned by the Virginia Press Association; a firsthand account of what happens when public notices aren't posted in newspapers; frequently asked questions, warning signs and talking points; and links to columns and editorials by VPA member newspapers.

ONLINE ADVERTISEMENTS
Public Notice Survey Results (4 ads)
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If water rights are being transferred, how will you know? 
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If there's a school election today, how will you know? 
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If zoning is on the agenda tonight, how will you know?
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Your neighborhood's been rezoned, or hadn't you heard? 
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Your daily commute has just been altered, or hadn't you heard? 
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If you don't want government controlling public life, why would you want it controlling public information?
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Not all Virginians have access to government websites. But all Virginians have access to community newspapers.
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Take public notices out of newspapers and put them on websites? Websites crash. Newspapers don't.
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You have to search for public notices on government websites. Newspapers deliver public notices to you.
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Public notices on websites can only be read by computer users. Public notices in newspapers can be read by everyone.
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Yes, Virginia, some people want to take public notices out of newspapers. They want to put public notices under government control.
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PUBLIC NOTICE ICONS
Public Notices: Because you have a right to know. Icon #1: http://www.vpa.net/images/pdf/publicnoticeicon1.jpg
Public Notices: Because you have a right to know. Icon #2: http://www.vpa.net/images/pdf/publicnoticeicon2.jpg
Public Notices: Because you have a right to know. Icon #3: http://www.vpa.net/images/pdf/publicnoticeicon3.jpg

PRINT ADVERTISEMENTS
If property is being sold for delinquent taxes, how will you know?
http://www.vpa.net/images/pdf/OKdelinquenttaxes.pdf 
If water rights are being transferred, how will you know?
http://www.vpa.net/images/pdf/OKwaterrights.pdf
If there's a school election today, how will you know?
http://www.vpa.net/images/pdf/OKschoolelection.pdf
If zoning is on the agenda tonight, how will you know?
http://www.vpa.net/images/pdf/OKzoning.pdf
Your neighborhood's been rezoned, or hadn't you heard?
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Your daily commute has just been altered, or hadn't you heard?
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Public Notice Survey Results (4 ads)
This may be all the information you get: http://www.vpa.net/images/pdf/alltheinfoyouget.pdf
Without public notice, you're left guessing: http://www.vpa.net/images/pdf/withoutpublicnotice.pdf
Why do we need public notices in newspapers?: http://www.vpa.net/images/pdf/whyneednotices2.pdf
Significant survey percentages: http://www.vpa.net/images/pdf/percentages3.pdf
If you don't want government controlling public life, why would you want it controlling public information?
http://www.vpa.net/images/pdf/Controlprint.pdf
Not all Virginians have access to government websites. But all Virginians have access to community newspapers.
http://www.vpa.net/images/pdf/Accessprint.pdf
Take public notices out of newspapers and put them on websites? Websites crash. Newspapers don't.
http://www.vpa.net/images/pdf/Crashprint.pdf
You have to search for public notices on government websites. Newspapers deliver public notices to you.
http://www.vpa.net/images/pdf/Deliverprint.pdf
Public notices on websites can only be read by computer users. Public notices in newspapers can be read by everyone.
http://www.vpa.net/images/pdf/Readerprint.pdf
Yes, Virginia, some people want to take public notices out of newspapers. They want to put public notices under government control.
http://www.vpa.net/images/pdf/Accessprint.pdf

More resources will be posted as they become available. Check back often!