Jeff Branscome writes about Spotsylvania County.
FOIA part II
This afternoon in the Holbert Building two county employees held me hostage (just a joke) about my last blog that stated a government cannot charge a flat fee to access public records. The law says you can only charge what it actually costs to get the public document.
Today, I was asked "Well, what if the person lost is plans and they need them right away?"
I replied back, "Does it cost $25 to get the document right away?"
The response was that it could cost that much. Some documents are off site in Stafford and at the Marshall Center. Oftentimes an employee may have to leave to go get the document–and they need to find it.
So, in your opinion, do you think the flat fee charge to view some public records violates the spirit of the Freedom of Information Act based on the county’s questions, and chiefly if the person asking for the record wants it immediately?