November 8, 2010
Re: OPRA Fee Changes - URGENT NEW OPRA RATES EFFECTIVE NOVEMBER 9, TOMORROW
The Government Records Council (GRC) has published several issues of The OPRA Alert regarding the changes to OPRA’s copying fees. In its most recent issue dated September 2010, the GRC informed the OPRA community that Governor Christie signed into law new fee legislation that will dramatically change the copy fees established under N.J.S.A. 47:1A-5.b. These changes to the copy fee schedule become effective for all New Jersey public agencies on Tuesday November 9, 2010.
Previously, the OPRA fee schedule set forth in N.J.S.A. 47:1A-5.b. provided that “the fee assessed for the duplication of a government record embodied in the form of printed matter shall not exceed the following: first page to tenth page, $0.75 per page; eleventh page to twentieth page, $0.50 per page; all pages over twenty, $0.25 per page.”
Said provision of OPRA has since been amended to provide that the fee assessed for the duplication of a government record embodied in the form of printed matter shall be $0.05 per letter size page or smaller, and $0.07 per legal size page or larger. If a public agency can demonstrate that its actual costs for duplication of a government record exceed the foregoing rates, the public agency shall be permitted to charge the actual cost of duplicating the record.
To view the complete OPRA alert, which contains information on how to calculate actual costs, click here
Very truly yours,
William G. Dressel, Jr.