KEYSER, W.Va. -- A citizens group is furious that Keyser officials are charging $300 for a detailed copy of the budget.
Karol Ashenfelter of Keyser Citizens for Fiscal Accountability asked for detailed revenues and expenses for fiscal 2009 late last month.
The Mineral Daily News-Tribune reports that City Administrator Deborah Pamepinto informed the group that would cost $195 for one hour of the city attorney's time, $35 for one hour of her time and $70 for two hours of a city clerk's time.
"I about had a hissy fit," Ashenfelter said. "I was disgusted."
Ashenfelter said she'll pay, then complain about what she called unfair charges to the state attorney general.
She also questioned the hourly rates, noting that would mean the clerk and administrator earn annual salaries of about $73,000.
"If she's making $35 an hour, I'm going to City Hall and look for a job," Ashenfelter said.
According to the proposed 2012 budget, the administrator makes $40,600. With benefits, the newspaper said, her total compensation would be just under $58,000.
Phone calls to City Hall were not immediately answered Wednesday.
The citizens group has been challenging the city's spending practices, first demanding full accounting of the cost of operating the water-testing lab, then pressing for information on cellphone bills and the cost of operating the city pool.
Ashenfelter said her group obtained a copy of the budget but found it lacking the detail typical of municipal spending plans.