City Attorney won't release Suede's audit documents - yet

It took nearly six months for Suede to submit the documents demanded by the City Auditor last December that would be used to determine whether they are operating as a bar or restaurant. The stall was an effort to keep BD and others from seeing what they considered confidential sales data.

BD filed an Open Records Request on the documents a few weeks ago. And now the City has punted the documents for review by the Texas Attorney General.

According to the City's letter,

In our opinion, some of the requested information is excepted from required public disclosure under Sections 522.101 and 552.116 of the Public Information Act... and some of the information (Exhibits B, C, D, and E) may be excepted from required public disclosure...

The exhibits in dispute are -

  • Exhibit B - Suede's Mixed Beverage Gross Receipts tax data
  • Exhibit C - Suede's application for renewal of its TABC permit
  • Exhibit D - Suede's Limited Sales, Excise and Use Tax Data
  • Exhibit E - The City Auditor's working papers

The City claims that since the audit has not been completed, they cannot release working documents.

BD will file a counterclaim with the Attorney General disputing most of the City's claims, citing precedent in similar cases. But we will concede that we have zero interest in Exhibits C and E.

You can read the City's letter to the Attorney General by clicking here.

The Attorney General has 45 days to answer the City's request.

By Avi S. Adelman under Public safety , Dallas City Hall