Tuesday, September 12, 2006

$25 fee to inspect records is probably illegal

The KNS is reporting that the new Loudon County Mayor is fed up with citizens wanting to see public records and is instituting a $25 minimum fee in addition to copying charges. This fee is very probably illegal and the citizens of Loudon County should demand an immediate halt to this practice. I am not familiar with the details of the situation and there may well be a small group of disgruntled citizens requesting most of the records as the Mayor claims. This does not mean that the Mayor should react by restricting the very fundamental right of all citizens to inspect public records.

This kind of arrogance by an elected official simply can not be tolerated by the citizens.