SC: Mount Pleasant crafting new policy for public records to include $10 minimum fee for most requests

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June 30, 2017 3:05 PM

A proposed town policy for the release of public information includes a $10 minimum charge for most requests.

The plan will be the subject of a hearing at a July 11 Town Council meeting.

Mount Pleasant's proposed fee schedule for fulfilling Freedom of Information Act requests includes the minimum charge for retrieving information and a 25 cent-per-page photocopy fee, both of which Jay Bender, attorney for the S.C. Press Association and The Post and Courier, found troublesome. The town would also charge for staff time needed to fulfill requests, except in some cases, such as recent police reports requested in person.

"I don’t think you can impose a minimum fee," Bender said. "I also think the 25 cents a page is in excess of the prevailing commercial rate in Mount Pleasant." Continue...