The Public Information Act
Texas Government Code, Chapter 552 gives you the right to access government records; and an officer for public information and the officer's agent may not ask why you want them. All government information is presumed to be available to the public. Certain exceptions may apply to the disclosure of the information. Governmental bodies shall promptly release requested information that is not confidential by law, either constitutional, statutory, or by judicial decision, or information for which an exception to disclosure has not been sought.
Procedures to Obtain Information
Many City documents are available on-line. If you can not find what you are looking for, you must follow these steps:
- A public information request must be in writing and can be submitted by mail, fax, email or in person. The following form is for your convenience: Open Records Request Form. Once completed, the form may be emailed or printed and either mailed, faxed or submitted in person to the City Secretary's Office.
- Include enough description and detail about the information requested to enable the governmental body to accurately identify and locate the information requested.
- Cooperate with the governmental body's reasonable efforts to clarify the type or amount of information requested.
- All requests for public information are treated uniformly. Once the request is submitted, it will be reviewed to determine if the information is deemed public. If the information is public, then the information will be processed and sent out in a timely manner. The Office of the City Attorney determines whether or not the requested information can be released. A response to the request will be issued within a reasonable time frame, normally within ten business days. For more information on how the City Secretary's Office handles request for public information, please visit the website of the Attorney General of Texas.
To request information pertaining to Open Records Requests, contact the City Secretary Office.