County can have 34 cents |

County can have 34 cents

Enough is enough. Two letters to the editor have accused me of having “tried to use county equipment to make free photocopies of Clerk-Recorder’s Office records for … personal use.” Personal use? On July 26, 2000, I made 17 photocopies of records located in the public area of the Recorder’s Office for a class I was presenting on “Using the Records of the Recorder’s Office” attended by 30 people. Another 70 received copies of my presentation. Since I had served as clerk-recorder for 18 years, you would think that the present clerk-recorder would have welcomed what I was doing, if only to cut down the number of questions people ask her staff.

The fee set by the Board of Supervisors for making a photocopy when done by county employees is 10 cents, most of that for staff time. Since I made the copies myself, the total cost should only be for paper and toner, or about 34 cents. I will be happy to pay Nevada County the 34 cents, but wouldn’t the cost of processing the payment exceed the payment? Perhaps the clerk-recorder would care to weigh it against the hours that I spent preparing for and giving the class.

Bruce Bolinger

Retired Nevada County Clerk-Recorder

Nevada City

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