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Resident decries county’s new public records policy

Posted: Tuesday, December 4, 2012 3:00 am

Montrose County commissioners on Monday declined to delay a new public records policy, adopting it over the objections of one citizen, who decried the policy as “rubbish” and a barrier to access.

The Colorado Open Records Act requires public access to most governmental records. It and case law also allow for reasonable fees to be assessed of those requesting the records. Courts and several governmental agencies charge fees for records and research.

The problem from the county’s perspective: Requests for vast numbers of records that tie up staff time, thereby costing taxpayers money, plus requests for information that require the county to research, analyze and actually create from that information a record that did not previously exist.

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