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Delaware Department of Justice
Attorney General
Kathy Jennings

 Archived Posts From:  December 2008

08-IB14: RE: Freedom of Information Act Complaint Against Sussex County

Complainant alleged Sussex County violated FOIA by charging an unreasonable amount for copying records. Request was for electronic media download of current real property assessment date. County originally requested a flat fee of $12,000 then modified the charge to $3,000. County regulations allow $.30 per page for copies or “actual cost of reproduction” for records not subject to routine photocopying. County asserts that the information requested is made up of approximately 4 million records. HELD: County improperly equated each record with a copy. A record is not the same as a page. Electronic data cannot be charged on an arbitrary per record basis that has no relationship to the actual cost of reproduction.

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