Fees

FOI Advisory Council Opinion AO-21-01

Regarding duty to explain how the actual cost of searching for records was calculated; consecutive requests must be treated separately; public body may require a deposit if cost of providing records would exceed $200.

FOI Advisory Council Opinion AO-12-01

A public body may charge $.25 per page for copies as long as that charge does not exceed the actual cost of providing the record.

FOI Advisory Council Opinion AO-01-00

Inquiries as to the status of e-mail under the Freedom of Information Act, charges for electronic records, the working papers exemption, assessment of fees for producing a requested record, the meaning of 'reasonable specificity'

Attorney General's Opinion 1989 #012

FOI provision for reasonable fees can't include charges for a public employee to be present during review of records

Attorney General's Opinion 1987-88 #030

A city/county attorney's itemized billing statement is an official record and must be disclosed to the extend it does not reveal confidential communication, or ongoing criminal investigation matters, or some other information that may be exempt. Reasonable charge for deletions may be made

Attorney General's Opinion 1983-84 #436

When determining the actual cost of providing copies, a public body may take into consideration (1) number of hours reasonably necessary to compile, copy and assemble documents, (2) cost of computer time used and (3) costs of reproducing the records. If a document is created at the request of a citizen, even though the public body may receive a benefit from having permanent use of the document, it would not be unreasonable to pass on the expense of its production to the requestor if the requestor were notified in advance of the estimated cost of preparing the document.

Attorney General's Opinion 1979-80 #386

Public body may require advance payment, as long as access is not unlawfully limited.

Attorney General's Opinion 1979-80 #377A

Fees not in excess of the actual cost of providing copies are allowable.

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