Chalk up two more victories for a California businessman in his legal battle with Oklahoma's county assessors over the price for electronic copies of their real property assessments.
In the past month, judges have told Pottawatomie and Canadian counties' assessors that they could charge Roger W. Hurlbert no more than $50 for the electronic databases.
Under the state Open Records Act, public bodies “may charge a fee only for recovery of the reasonable, direct costs of record copying, or mechanical reproduction.” (OKLA. STAT. tit. 51, § 24A.5(3))
Hurlbert also has won in Muskogee, Osage and Wagoner counties. A case in Grady County is pending.
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