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Bridge City, Texas 77611
Phone: 409.735.6801
Fax: 409.735.3349

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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.