Court rules Phoenix suburb must disclose records provided by utility
PHOENIX – An Arizona appellate court has ruled that a nondisclosure agreement between the town of Queen Creek and a utility is void because the town must obey the state’s public records law and disclose documents provided by the utility.
Johnson Utilities LLC contended that documents sought by Arizona Corporation Commission member Andy Tobin contained confidential business matters.
The Court of Appeals ruling Tuesday said the documents were public records related to government activities and that the nondisclosure agreement didn’t trump Arizona’s public records law.
The ruling said Johnson Utilities provided the documents to Queen Creek during discussion of a possible transaction that wasn’t completed.
The documents also apparently included a report identifying where the utility’s infrastructure did not meet the town’s standards.
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