BEAVER, Pa.—Beaver County hasn't provided documents to a local newspaper on the initial five bidders for a nursing home, despite a ruling from the state's Office of Open Records.

Assistant County Solicitor Andrea Cantelmi said Wednesday that no decision has been made on either providing the information or appealing the decision, The Beaver County Times reported.

County commissioners have refused to release the names of the five original bidders for the nursing home and most other information surrounding the proposed sale to eventual bid winner Comprehensive Healthcare Management Services LLC.

On Sept. 18, the state Open Records Office ruled that the bid information was public record and documents should be provided to the Times.

The county denied the Times' initial request submitted Aug. 12, arguing that the information is not subject to the state's Right-to-Know law. The county cited exemptions for real estate transactions, financial information of bidders and "confidential proprietary information."

But the Open Records Office ruling said the county provided "no evidence in support of its argument" and "has failed to meet its burden of proof to withhold the requested bid documents."

The county is supposed to supply the records to the paper within 30 days, but it can also file an appeal.