Q&A: Public notice advertising rate


From the Carroll County Comet (Delphi):

Q: Does a subcontractor qualify for the govern­ment rate for public notice advertising? We received a public notice from a man with Colliers International who said he represents the state of Indiana for surplus real estate auctions and should qualify for that rate.

A: If Colliers Inter­national is an agent of the state – placing a public notice that a state agency is required to publish – then the ad would be eligible for the legislative-mandated rate.

If Colliers is placing the ad for a private party that is required to publish a notice under Indiana law, it would not be eligible for the government rate.

Based on your email, it sounds like the ad would be eligible for the public notice advertising rate since the state is required to publish notice of a surplus property sale.

Contact Steve Key, HSPA executive director and general counsel, with media law questions at skey@hspa.com or (317) 624-4427.