Louisville Metro Animal Services is dragging its feet on open records. Again.
Someone who has been involved in animal care for quite a while requested the following information:
- All dogs that entered LMAS between 05/01/2012 and 07/01/2012
- ID number
- Intake type (surrender/stray/confiscation/et al)
- Date animal left LMAS and how it left (transfer to rescue/adoption/returned to owner/killed/death)
All of that information is available in electronic form. A quick Chameleon (the program they use) database function can output all the records in PDF form. Takes five minutes tops. And there’s a woman named Betsy whose job consists of doing things like generating kennel reports and compiling statistics. This is a records request for data that has already been produced.
Metro Government’s open records officer, Dee Allen, says that’s 180 pages of data and costs ten cents per page to produce.
Fine and dandy. The requester agrees to pay.
Dee says the documents have to be printed and then scanned (yep, scanned, in 2012). An additional $2 is charged for a CD. All fine. They agree to pay that, as well.
Then Dee added more detail early yesterday morning. From her email:
Please be advised that the record copies you have requested will require generation of individual reports that will subsequently require scanning and review for redaction in protection of personal privacy consistent with KRS 61.878(1)(a). We expect that process to be concluded by August 14. The record copies will be available on a CD for a standard cost recovery charge of $2; in addition, since LMAS will incur the cost of making the paper copies in the generation of the reports you have requested, you will also be responsible for the standard cost allowable in accordance with the Kentucky Open Records Act of $.10/page.
We will provide a final cost in that regard prior to the August 14 date. Payment will be required prior to provision of copies regardless of format.
Yep. Says it will take until August 14 to provide five minutes worth of work. August 14.
Nope, nothing to see here, it’s all puppies and rainbows. Just more of that famous transparency Greg Fischer loves to hype.