government bodies charge heavily for records
By JOE PETRIE - GM Today Staff
July 19, 2008
- Because of the variance in costs that different municipal bodies
charge for public records under the Freedom of Information Act, some
citizens may only be allowed to know what they can afford.
In an investigation by The Freeman, it was discovered that
government bodies charge vastly differing amounts for information
and, in some cases, much more than the average person can afford.
On July 1, The Freeman filed open records requests with seven
county school districts asking for copies of travel expense
reimbursements and credit card statements for district
administrators and school board members during the past fiscal year.
In the requests, The Freeman asked the districts to inform us if the
documents would cost more than $20. The Muskego-Norway School
District, Pewaukee School District and Kettle Moraine School
Districts have notified the paper they’re proceeding with the
requests but didn’t say they would cost more than $20.