St. Petersburg housing agency refuses to release documents to a member of its own governing board unless she pays for them.

ST. PETERSBURG — As a commissioner on the St. Petersburg Housing Authority’s governing board, Terri Lipsey Scott considers it her duty to scrutinize how the agency is run.

So Scott was taken aback when she recently received an email from the agency telling her she would have to pay $280 for agency records she requested to review. The cost would rise up to as much as $400 if she wanted paper copies.

Commissioners, who serve on a voluntary basis, vote on all big-item spending by the agency and also make decisions about the CEO’s pay and performance. Scott has refused to pay the charge, which she described as an attempt to thwart her from doing her job. She is also questioning why Housing Authority CEO Tony Love has not responded to her concerns. (Read more here…)