Dear Jackson Township,

This is a request for public records made under OPRA and the common law right of access. Please acknowledge receipt of this message.
Records requested:

1) documents or statements sufficient to show the current annual salary of
the Mayor and each member of the governing body.

2) documents or statements sufficient to show the salary paid to the Mayor
and each member of the governing body during the years 2014- 2018.

3) documents or statements sufficient to show all benefits bestowed upon
each elected official during the year 2017, including but not limited to
health insurance, pension benefits, government vehicles, EZPass/parking
permits, stipends/allowances, bonuses, cell phone bill reimbursement or
other perks.

4) documents of statements sufficient to show all benefits bestowed upon
each elected official during the years 2014- 2018, including but not limited to
health insurance, pension benefits, government vehicles, EZPass/parking
permits, stipends/allowances, bonuses, cell phone bill reimbursement or
other perks.

5) documents, statements, or invoices sufficient to show all reimbursement
payments made to each elected official during the years 2014- 2018.

6) documents, statements, or invoices sufficient to show all reimbursement
payments made to each elected official during the years 2014- 2018.

Yours faithfully,

Anonymous

Ann Marie Eden, Jackson Township

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Please accept this email as my official response to your OPRA request as noted below. Please note the following with regard to your request:

Item #1 - records attached

Item #2 - records attached

Items #3 through #6 - This portion of your request requires either research and/or clarification. You have failed to properly identify (with reasonable clarity) the specific record you are seeking copies of. Please clarify (by identifying the specific record) and re-submit your request.

Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 47:1A-1 et. seq., the Open Public Records Act (OPRA) is intended to provide access to government records that have been specifically identified. It does not require the Custodian “research” for the individual making the request nor does it require the Custodian to create a record based upon a request. In conclusion, OPRA is not intended as a research tool to “force government officials to identify and siphon useful information. Rather, OPRA simply operates to make identifiable government records ‘readily accessible for inspection, copying, or examination.’ MAG Entertainment, LLC v. Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control, 375 N.J.Super. 534, 546 (App. Div. 2005). The Court further held that "[u]nder OPRA, agencies are required to disclose only ‘identifiable’ government records not otherwise exempt ... In short, OPRA does not countenance open-ended searches of an agency's files." Id. at 549.

Furthermore, a requestor must specifically describe the document sought. Bent v. Stafford Police Department, 381 N.J. Super. 30, 37 (App. Div. 2005). “As such, a proper request under OPRA must identify with reasonable clarity those documents that are desired, and a party cannot satisfy this requirement by simply requesting all of an agency's documents.”

Sincerely,

Ann Marie Eden, RMC
Township Clerk

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