West Valley City • The City Council on Tuesday voted 4-2 to deny a request by The Salt Lake Tribune to waive or lower a charge of nearly $150 for copies of emails related to the Chinese Heritage Gate.
Reporter Cimaron Neugebauer said the emails would benefit the public by shedding light on how donations for the gate were handled. He pointed out that the law encourages a full fee waiver when releasing records will primarily benefit the public rather than an individual, and also argued that the charge of $149.67 was excessive for the work involved in providing the 153 emails.
Assistant City Attorney Brandon Hill countered that finding council emails related to the Chinese Heritage Gate Foundation and the West Valley Sister City Committee required a network administrator to program a detailed query with dozens of filters for a computer search. Then, he said, the deputy city recorder had to sort through the results for emails that fell within the scope of the request.