There is no initial cost to submit a public information request. If there is a cost associated with your request, you will receive notification of estimated cost in writing. The Flood Control District uses the rates established by the Office of the Attorney General to determine charges for the production of public records.
If the cost of the request is expected to exceed $40, the Flood Control District will send a cost estimate letter to the requestor. The estimate letter will include an itemized statement of any copying, personnel, mailing or other charges that will be incurred in fulfilling the request. Once the requestor confirms that he or she agrees to the estimated costs, the Flood Control District will begin compiling the records. If the requestor does not respond to the cost estimate letter within ten (10) days, the request will be closed.
Common Charges Include:
- Paper copies – single sided, black & white, standard size 8.5 x 11- $0.10 / page
- Oversize paper, not including maps and photographs - $0.50 / page
- Compact Disk (CD) - $1.00 ea
- DVD - $3.00 ea
- Personnel time for locating, compiling, manipulating data, and reproducing records + overhead - $22.50 / hr
- Computer Programming + overhead - $42.75 / hr
Fees For Repetitive Requestors:
Effective Sept 1, 2007, the Texas Legislature adopted H.B. 2564, which authorizes a governmental body, such as the Flood Control District, to establish a process of charging a fee if the time required for information production from a single requestor exceeds 36 hours during a fiscal year or 15 hours during a month.
In such cases, the Flood Control District is authorized to provide the requestor with a written estimate of the total cost, including materials, personnel time and overhead expenses, necessary to comply with the request. The written estimate must be provided to the requestor on or before the 10th day after the date on which the public information was requested.
For more information on the Texas Public Information Act, please visit the Texas Attorney General Web site at the Attorney General’s Open Government website regarding Charges for Public Information.
Where estimated costs exceed $100, the requestor will be required to make a deposit before any records are compiled.