A New Jersey Appeals Court set a deadline of July 1st for local and state government agencies to start charging “the actual costs of duplicating records” after years of charging up to 75 cents per page for copying, emailing or faxing the documents to the public. In response, some counties like Camden and Gloucester have begun just giving the documents away for free rather than tallying up one and two cent per page totals and bothering with paperwork to collect less than a dime. Other counties are following a unanimously approved bill that sets a 5 cent per letter-sized page uniform rate for all duplication services and a 7 cent rate for legal-sized documents. Governor Christie has yet to sign that bill into actual law.
In this age of easy electronic copying and storage, I think this makes a lot of sense.
Read more from the Philadelphia Inquirer: Fees for document copying fall in N.J. | Philadelphia Inquirer | 07/19/2010.
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