HURLOCK, Md. - The Ministers and Citizens Organization took the town of Hurlock, Md. to court. They wanted to see where the town's money was going. Group leaders say the town has refused to release their records.
"We decided to file a suit," said Monroe Qualies of Ministers and Citizens Organization. "We will let the courts determine what is available and accessible to the rights of the people".
After yesterday's ruling at the Dorchester County Courthouse, the town of Hurlock has 7 days to show their financial records. The reason these records weren't made available was due to previous investigations launched by the Ministers and Citizens Organization.
Hurlock officials say they would have provided their documents to the public, but couldn't. Due to a lawsuit battle between the Ministers and Citizens group and the town of Hurlock it would have been illegal for those records to be shown at that time.
Hurlock Mayor Joyce Spratt says they have nothing to hide and still questions why they want to see these documents.
"I don't know what they're looking for," said Mayor Spratt. "I would assume if the state prosecutor in a year and a half can't find anything then the Ministers and Citizens can't find anything either".
Since Mayor Spratt took office in 2010 the town of Hurlock has been audited twice. Both audit reports came back clean in 2010 and 2011