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Dauphin County lawyer sues Allegheny County over fee for assessment database

| Wednesday, June 27, 2007

A Dauphin County man sued Allegheny County on Tuesday over what he considers an exorbitant fee of $1,000 to obtain the county's property assessment database.

Craig J. Staudenmaier states in the lawsuit that in April, he requested the database in electronic form to be placed on a compact disc. He did not request any special format or special extracts, the lawsuit states.

Staudenmaier, a Harrisburg lawyer, is accusing the county of violating the state's Right to Know Law by charging excessive fees for public records. County offiicals could copy the database in less than one hour and without using extra personnel, the lawsuit states.

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