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Sarasota News Leader September 6, 2013 lar to the one involving Ramirez. Furthermore, County Administrator Randall Reid said he would make certain a revised public records policy indicates a deposit will have to be put down for any request that appears to necessitate staff spend a considerable amount of time on it. Page 48 ing the board meeting when the discussion began. She received a call about it afterward, she said. "I was shocked," she added. "It was just bizarre." Having purchased her own portable scanner, she continued, her intent was to save staff time by not having to ask for copies of documents after she finished going through all the boxes of material. "Then," she said, "to turn around and to try to charge me retroactively …" While Vice Chairman Charles Hines agreed with Barbetta that current policy would permit sending a retroactive bill to Ramirez, Chairwoman Carolyn Mason joined Commissioners Nora Patterson and Christine RobinDuring the board discussion, Barbetta called son in opposing such action. for equitable handling of all public records Patterson called the retroactive charges "un- requests the county receives. Nonetheless, fair," but Robinson told her colleagues, "We it is common knowledge he is supporting a need to 'fess up' to what really happened … candidate Ramirez may challenge in 2014 for We just didn't do what we were supposed to the commission seat Patterson will have to do" in requiring payment from Ramirez at the vacate because of term limits. That candidate, records review. Alan Maio, is a vice president in the SarasoIn an interview with The Sarasota News Lead- ta office of the design firm Kimley-Horn and er this week, Ramirez said she was not watch- Associates Inc. County Commissioners Joe Barbetta and Christine Robinson consider public comments during a meeting earlier this year. File photo

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