Database creator appeals for counties’ land records


Author: Meghan Molloy, Kennebec Journal, November 11, 2009

Source: Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

A Cumberland-based business owner who intends to create a statewide database of land records has gone to court in an effort to compel 13 Maine counties to provide the records he needs.

John Simpson, owner and general manager of MacImage of Maine LLC, said he filed 13 appeals after being denied access or not getting timely responses to Freedom of Access Act requests for the records.  …

Devlin was a witness in a case involving MacImage and Hancock County after Simpson’s company alleged that the county violated the Freedom of Access Act by not allowing MacImage to obtain the records at a reasonable fee, which was determined to be the cost of printing electronic files.

A judge in Cumberland County Superior Court ruled in favor of MacImage on Sept. 1.

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