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Our view: A reasonable fee is a hard target to hit


January 22, 2020

What is a reasonable fee?

This is the question that’s at the heart of the ongoing complaints about the Sweetwater County Clerk’s decision to charge for access to a database of records maintained by a separate company.

This is also a question that local and state governments have contended with since Wyoming’s public documents laws allowed for the charge of a reasonable fee.

The unfortunate answer to the question is this: there is no such thing as a reasonable fee. This is because what’s reasonable for one person is unreasonable for another.

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