Tahoe district sued for salary information
August 20, 2014
The people who publish Transparentnevada.com 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 TransparentNevada.com 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.