Mason City delays decision on records requests

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) — The City Council has delayed a decision on whether to charge people who request copies of Mason City public records.

City Administrator Brent Trout has been concerned about the time it takes city staffers to fill the requests, so he sought the council’s guidance on whether to set up fees and publishing the requests on the city’s website.

The Mason City Globe Gazette says ( ) the council members were divided in their opinions at Tuesday night’s meeting.

Councilman Alex Kuhn said the city shouldn’t charge a Mason City resident who already is paying city taxes. He suggested charging nonresidents a fee.

Councilman Travis Hickey favored charging everyone, wondering aloud why a taxpayer should pay for information someone else wants.

The council eventually agreed to review Trout’s request in 90 days.


Information from: Globe Gazette,

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