A reasonable policy on open records requests

Mesa County is expected to charge $30 an hour to process requests for open records, the maximum rate allowable under state law.

By statute, government entities can charge “a reasonable fee that is intended to cover actual costs.” A new state law requires those entities to publish a policy that governs records retrieval.

Though we typically take a dim view of such actions, we think commissioners made a decent case for charging the maximum, primarily because they’ve included numerous waivers that should minimize the financial impact on those seeking government records.

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