The Texas Public Information Act (Texas Government Code, Chapter 552), gives you the right to access government records; the officer for public information may not ask you why you want them. All government information is presumed to be available to the public, although certain exceptions may apply. Governmental bodies shall release requested information as promptly as possible, unless the information is exempt from disclosure under the Public Information Act.
The Act provides that a governmental body must respond "promptly" to a request for information. If a governmental body is unable to produce the requested information within ten business days, the officer for public information must send you correspondence certifying that he is unable to do so and he must set a date and time when the records will be available to you
The City of Kyle uses the rates established by the Office of the Attorney General to determine charges for copies of public records.
Common charges include:
Paper (single sided, black & white, standard size 8.5x11) = $0.10 / page
Oversize paper, not including maps and photographs = $0.50 / page
Compact Disk (CD) = $1.00 ea
Diskette = $1.00 ea
Audio Cassette = $1.00 ea
VHS Cassette = $2.50 ea
DVD = $3.00 ea
Personnel time for locating, compiling and reproducing records (if less than 50 pages of paper copies are requested, no personnel costs are charged) = $15.00 / hr
Computer Programming = $28.50 / hr
Overhead = 20% of the personnel or programming charge