Obtaining GIS Data

Is a local government giving you the run-around in your quest to access GIS data?  Many local governments give their GIS data away for free or very low cost, and they are to be commended for taking this position.  Yet, other local government seem to think they have a right to make your access to your local government’s GIS data prohibitively expensive or unnecessarily frustrating.

If you are having difficulty obtaining GIS data please let me know.  I know the tricks these local governments like to use to frustrate or deny legitimate data requests, and there are ways to convince local elected officials that they have more to gain than lose if they allow access to their GIS data.