The Development Corporation of Abilene (DCOA) oversees requests for public information related to our organization. The DCOA has up to ten business days in which to respond to your request, pursuant to the Public Information Act, but will make every effort to process your request as soon as possible following receipt.
The request must ask for records or information already in existence. The Public Information Act does not require a governmental body to create new information, to do legal research, or to answer questions. (A Preface to the Public Information Handbook 2020, page i).
Fill out the Request for Public Information Form or include the required information below:
Pursuant to the Public Information Act, Texas Government Code Chapter 552.2615, if a request for a copy of public information will result in the imposition of a charge that exceeds $40, or a request to inspect a paper record will result in the imposition of a charge under 552.271 that exceeds $40, the governmental body shall provide the requestor with a written itemized statement that details all estimated charges that will be imposed, including any allowable charges for labor or personnel costs. If an alternative less costly method of viewing the records is available, the statement must include a notice that the requestor may contact the governmental body regarding the alternative method.
The basic charge for copies of public information is currently 0.10 cents per page, $3 per DVD, and $1 per CD. Voluminous requests may also result in personnel costs, currently a flat rate of $15 per hour, and overhead charged at 20% of the total personnel costs for the request. The Office of the Attorney General has published a handbook interpreting the Texas Public Information Act. This handbook may be accessed online.
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