Updated FRIDAY DEC. 3, 2004: [Theresa] LePore [of Palm Beach County, Florida] ups the ante: $3,000 ... no, $4,000 ... no, $7,000 for election records [requested under the Freedom of Information Act].
Though she has yet to present us with a bill, Theresa LePore has been upping the ante every time she talks to the media. It will be at least $3,000, she told the Orlando Sentinel.
That is ... $4,000, she told the Palm Beach NBC affiliate.
Now the $4,000 is for "research" and the $3,000 is for "copies."
Lessee now...at $20 per hour for "research," that is 500 hours to retrieve the same records request that most counties are charging $20 for.
"How much will it be?" Andy Stephenson asked another Florida county, up in the north panhandle.
"Oh, that'll be about a dollah," the supervisor said.
My my my. LePore's records must be gold-plated. We are supposed to get the official bill tomorrow.
Snohomish County wants about $2,500 for their records.
We also did statewide FOIA requests in all 50 states. Texas gave the records to us for free. Colorado charged $1,900 for 3,500 pages of documents. Michigan wants $125,000 just to look for the records. (All got the exact same request.)