Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Simple, easy and on-line: roll out of “on-line” portal for Open Records Requests

Simple, easy and on-line: Mesa County Government rolls out an “on-line” portal to make Open Records Requests

Yesterday, the Mesa County Commissioners approved a new Policy for Requests for "Public Records" pursuant to the Colorado Open Records Act (“CORA”).

Mesa County’s new policy reflects the recent CORA amendments by the Colorado Legislature in 2014 that, among other things, increased to, but also provided a cap of, $30.00 an hour charge for labor charges incurred in retrieving public records.

Mesa County strives to be open and responsive to the public’s request for public records. To help implement the new policy, Mesa County rolled out an “on-line” portal that will allow any member of the public to request records of Mesa County government, to receive a submittal acknowledgement, and receive the requested documents electronically. Additionally, Mesa County established that the first hour of research into the record requests will be free of charge.

There are numerous ways to reach the on-line records request portal. While on the Mesa County webpage (mesacounty.us), select from the “I’m looking for” drop down menu “CORA”, search “CORA”, or while browsing the Commissioners pages, Administration pages, select “How Do I” and select the icon “Open Records Request”. The portal may also be found at the County Attorney page. http://www.mesacounty.us/OpenRecords/Default.aspx?id=23252

Please try out the new portal and let us know what you think!

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