100 N Tyler St
Big Sandy TX 75755
Monday - Friday
7:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
After Hours Number
PO Box 986
Big Sandy TX 75755
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, or has amended the request, 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, e-mail, or in person, or any other appropriate method approved by the governmental body.
By Mail: PO Box 986, Big Sandy TX 75755
By Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Include enough description and detail about the information requested
to enable the governmental body to accurately identify and locate the
√ 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 days of the date
the governmental body sent it or the request is considered automatically
• 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.
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
If a governmental body determines the requested information is not
subject to a previous determination or a statute that allows the
information to be withheld without requesting a ruling, by the 10th
business day after a governmental body receives your written request, a
governmental body must:
1. request an Attorney General Letter Decision 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 Letter Decision 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
• 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" a decision.
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Big Sandy City Hall
P.O. Box 986
Big Sandy, TX 75755
Main Phone: (903) 636-4343
Fax: (903) 636-4413
Police: (903) 636-4200
Public Works: (903) 636-4343
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