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    Bridge City, TX 77611

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    Public Information
    Download File: PublicInfoRequest.pdf

    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 prompty 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.

    TO REQUEST OPEN RECORDS:

    Download the Public Information Request form (form link above)


    HOW TO SUBMIT FORM:

    EMAIL
    Email request to City Secretary (stisdale@bridgecitytex.com)

    FAX
    Fax form to (409) 735-3349

    MAIL 
    City of Bridge City
    Attn:  City Secretary
    P. O. Box 846
    Bridge City TX  77611

    IN PERSON
    City Hall
    260 Rachal
    Bridge City TX  77611 





    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.

    Rights of Requestors
    You have the right to:
    • Prompt access to information that is not confidential or
    otherwise protected;
    • Receive treatment equal to all other requestors, including
    accommodation in accordance with the Americans with
    Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements;
    • Receive certain kinds of information without exceptions,
    like the voting record of public officials, and other
    information;
    • Receive a written statement of estimated charges, when
    charges will exceed $40, in advance of work being started and
    opportunity to modify the request in response to the itemized
    statement;
    • Choose whether to inspect the requested information (most
    often at no charge), receive copies of the information or both;
    • A waiver or reduction of charges if the governmental body
    determines that access to the information primarily benefits
    the general public;
    • Receive a copy of the communication from the governmental
    body asking the Office of the Attorney General for a ruling on
    whether the information can be withheld under one of the
    accepted exceptions, or if the communication discloses the
    requested information, a redacted copy;
    • Lodge a written complaint about overcharges for public
    information with the Office of the Attorney General.
    Complaints of other possible violations may be filed with the
    county or district attorney of the county where the
    governmental body, other than a state agency, is located. If
    the complaint is against the county or district attorney, the
    complaint must be filed with the Office of the Attorney
    General.

    Responsibilities of Governmental Bodies
    All governmental bodies responding to information requests have the
    responsibility to:
    • Establish reasonable procedures for inspecting or copying public
    information and inform requestors of these procedures;
    • Treat all requestors uniformly and shall give to the requestor all
    reasonable comfort and facility, including accommodation in
    accordance with ADA requirements;
    • Be informed about open records laws and educate employees on the
    requirements of those laws;
    • Inform requestors of the estimated charges greater than $40 and any
    changes in the estimates above 20 percent of the original estimate,
    and confirm that the requestor accepts the charges, has amended
    the request, or has sent a complaint of overcharges to the Office of
    the Attorney General, in writing before finalizing the request;
    • Inform the requestor if the information cannot be provided promptly
    and set a date and time to provide it within a reasonable time;
    • Request a ruling from the Office of the Attorney General
    regarding any information the governmental body wishes to
    withhold, and send a copy of the request for ruling, or a redacted
    copy, to the requestor;
    Segregate public information from information that may be
    withheld and provide that public information promptly;
    • Make a good faith attempt to inform third parties when their
    proprietary information is being requested from the governmental
    body;
    • Respond in writing to all written communications from the Office of
    the Attorney General regarding charges for the information.
    Respond to the Office of the Attorney General regarding complaints
    about violations of the Act.

     
    Procedures to Obtain Information


     Submit a request by mail, fax, email or in person according to a governmental body's reasonable procedures.
     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.

    A. Information to be released
    • You may review it promptly, and if it cannot be produced
    within 10 working days the public information officer will
    notify you in writing of the reasonable date and time when it
    will be available.
    • Keep all appointments to inspect records and to pick up
    copies. Failure to keep appointments may result in losing the
    opportunity to inspect the information at the time requested.

    Cost of Records


    You must respond to any written estimate of charges
    within 10 business days of the date the governmental body
    sent it or the request is considered automatically
    withdrawn.
    • If estimated costs exceed $100.00 (or $50.00 if a
    governmental body has fewer than 16 full time employees) the
    governmental body may require a bond, prepayment or
    deposit.
    • You may ask the governmental body to determine whether
    providing the information primarily benefits the general
    public, resulting in a waiver or reduction of charges.
    • Make a timely payment for all mutually agreed charges. A
    governmental body can demand payment of overdue balances
    exceeding $100.00, or obtain a security deposit, before
    processing additional requests from you.

    B. Information that may be withheld due to an exception
    • By the 10th business day after a governmental body receives
    your written request, a governmental body must:
      1. request an Attorney General opinion and state which
    exceptions apply;
      2. notify the requestor of the referral to the Attorney
    General; and
      3. notify third parties if the request involves their
    proprietary information.
    • Failure to request an Attorney General opinion and notify the
    requestor within 10 business days will result in a presumption
    that the information is open unless there is a compelling
    reason to withhold it.
    • Requestors may send a letter to the Attorney General arguing
    for release, and may review arguments made by the
    governmental body. If the arguments disclose the requested
    information, the requestor may obtain a redacted copy.
    • The Attorney General must issue a decision no later than the
    45th working day from the day after the attorney general
    received the request for a decision. The attorney general may
    request an additional 10 working day extension.
    • Governmental bodies may not ask the Attorney General to
    "reconsider" an opinion.


    To request information from this governmental body, please contact:
    By Mail:  Sherry Tisdale, P. O. Box 846, Bridge City TX  77611
    By e-mail to: stisdale@bridgecitytex.com
    By fax to: 409.735.3349
    In person at: City Hall, 260 Rachal, Bridge City TX

    For complaints regarding failure to release public information please
    contact your local County or District Attorney. Please ask and you
    will be provided with this information.
    • You may also contact the Office of the Attorney General,
    Open Government Hotline, at 512-478-6736 or toll-free at
    1-877-673-6839.
    • For complaints regarding overcharges, please contact the
    Office of the Attorney General’s Cost Rules Administrator at
    512-475-2497.

    If you need special accommodation pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), please contact our
    ADA coordinator, JERRY D. JONES, CITY MANAGER, at CITY HALL, 260 RACHAL, BRIDGE CITY TX  77611, PHONE NO. 409.735.6801.


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