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Wednesday, June 3, 2009

AG Ombudsman Questions Spokane's Copying Fees

This post from the Center for Justice's blog describes a letter written by the Attorney General's Open Government Ombudsman, Tim Ford, to the City of Spokane regarding its new copying charges. The city is charging $0.90 for the first page and $0.30 per page thereafter. The City is only allowed to charge their "actual costs" for copying public records, including labor.

Have you been to a Kinkos lately? They charge somewhere in the range of $0.10 per page. If the City's "actual cost" is $0.90 or $0.30 per page, is Kinkos giving away billions of dollars by undercharging for all their copies? Someone better tell Kinkos shareholders of this massive give-away.