Getting public records from the University of New Mexico could become easier, but it might cost more.
In a Thursday news release, UNM said it will post some of the most frequently requested documents, such as a coach’s contract. In the same release, the university said it would start charging a fee for requests larger than 20 pages.
“This new portal is another example of how the University is working to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of what we do,” UNM President Bob Frank said in a statement.
The university had not previously charged fees for public records’ requests.
John Rodriguez, the public records custodian, said the new fee would help recoup some of the costs associated with replying to requests for records.
Fees for hard copies of documents beyond 20 pages:
- 35 cents per page for 8½-by-11 inches.
- $1 per page for 8½-by-14 inches.
- $1 per page for 11-by-17 inches.
There will be a 25-cent cost per page after 20 pages for digital requests. There will also be a 25-cent cost for computer disks, $2.75 for audiotapes and $6.75 for a thumb drive.
Susan Boe, executive director of the Foundation for Open Government, said she was happy to see that UNM was making more documents public.
But she said that, while UNM can legally charge for documents, she was less pleased with the cost. She added that she didn’t think the fee for digital requests “falls in the statute as actual cost.”