Audit: Tuscarawas County in compliance with Ohio Sunshine laws

From TimesReporter.com: NEW PHILADELPHIA — The Tuscarawas County commissioners, along with Tuscarawas County departments, are transparent, according to Ohio Auditor Dave Yost.

Commissioners were audited in March, along with 19 other counties and cities, for their compliance with Ohio Sunshine Laws, or public record laws.

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