Judge hits Mesa with budget-breaking penalty for Public Records Act violations

The city of Mesa faces paying more than twice its annual budget to settle a state Public Records Act dispute with its former mayor, Donna Zink.

Franklin County Superior Court Judge Bruce A. Spanner assessed a $353,000 penalty against the tiny farm city for 33 separate infractions of the state records law during a hearing Tuesday.

The Public Records Act requires public agencies to respond in a timely fashion to requests for public records or face financial penalties for violations. It is designed to empower citizens to monitor government. Continue…