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August 20, 2014
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Tahoe district sued for salary information

The people who publish are asking a judge to compel the Tahoe Douglas Sewer Improvement District to release its employee salary records.

The Nevada Policy Research Institute filed suit on Wednesday against the Tahoe Douglas Sewer Improvement District for refusing to comply with the Nevada Public Records Act.

The district has failed to respond — as legally required — to institute’s request for the district’s employee compensation records.

A petition was filed in the Ninth Judicial District Court asking the court to order the special district to disclose its employee compensation records, as is required by Nevada’s Public Records Act.

In addition to the district, the lawsuit also names District General Manager Janet Murphy as a respondent, in her official capacity.

In January, the institute telephoned Murphy to obtain an email address for submitting a public records request. Murphy refused to provide an email address where the records request could be submitted, instead insisting that any public records request be made via U.S. Postal Service on official letterhead.

The public records law states that any member of the public may make a public records request in either written or oral form, without providing identifying information, or submitting the request on official letterhead.

The institute is seeking the district’s payroll records for its project.

In April, a certified letter was sent to Murphy, providing her with a written request, on official letterhead, for the records. Nevada law requires government agencies to respond to all public records requests within five business days, but as of Wednesday, the district had failed to respond.

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The Record Courier Updated Aug 22, 2014 06:11PM Published Aug 20, 2014 11:13AM Copyright 2014 The Record Courier. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.