$1500 Fee to Access Public Records

$1500 Fee to Access Public Records

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Mikaela Inman started this petition to County Clerk Sweetwater County Clerk and

Recently the County Clerk has implemented an excessive fee to access public records online that were previously accessible at no charge. The fees to use the service are either $10 a day, $50 per week, $150 per month or $1500 per year.  These documents are a crucial part of protecting the public through the various professions such as:  Lawyers, Lenders, Title Companies, Real Estate Agents, Appraisers, Assessors, Engineering Companies, and many more.  More concerning, the public was not made aware of the fees prior to the installment, nor were the County Commissioners aware of what the fees were.  The Commissioners did acknowledge that the costs to scan in the paper records have been paid for through prior years tax budgets.  We are asking that the price be reduced to a "reasonable fee" of $50 per year, and want to know where the money is going. There were businesses who paid the fees to continue their duty to protect and serve the public, but opposed the fees.  Their payment was not an approval of costs, but merely a necessary response to continue with their duties.   

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