In theory, public records are the public’s records but in reality this is not the case. It appears that government be it local, state or national has come up with a way to stiff the public’s access to the records of the public by charging for the access to the records based on their arbitrary price estimates.
Case in point is a local lawsuit against the city where access to the public records was charged at $40,000 in advance. The local authority was taken to court and the price dropped to $13,000. I don’t know many people that could affort to shell out that kind of money if they had a beef against the city to find out what they needed to know. Judge recuses himself, cites attorney’s emails and then there is this Trial starts in ex-employee’s public records case against city