Welcome to the City of Abernathy's Public
Information page. Through this page you may gain access to publicly
available information that is collected and/or maintained by
the city of Abernathy. The Citys public information is
made available through the Public Information Act (the Act).
The Public Information Act, Chapter
552 of the Government Code, generally provides that:
- Any person has the right to request access
to government records or information.
- All entities defined as a governmental
body in section 552.003 (1) (A) are subject to the Act
- Certain information is protected from
disclosure by the exceptions in the Act or other law, either
constitutional, statutory, or by judicial decision
PLEASE NOTE: You will
find that a large amount of information is available throughout
the City's website without making a public information request
and/or incurring costs; however, you may always submit a public
information request to the City.
Making a Request
All Public Information requests must be
in writing. A written request should reasonably identify the
records needed and should indicate a mailing address, phone number,
or other means to contact you regarding your request. There is
not a specific form required for submitting requests.
Send the request to:
Mail or In-Person
City of Abernathy
811 Avenue D
P.O. Box 310
Abernathy, TX 79311-0310
Helpful Suggestions for Making
a Public Information Request
These are few tips to assist the City in
processing a request as accurately and efficiently as possible:
1. Your request must be in writing; only
written requests trigger obligations under the Act.
2. Include your full name and contact information,
including e-mail address (if available). It is helpful to clearly
label your correspondence as a "Public Information Request".
3. Be specific and clear in describing
the nature and scope of the information you are seeking.
4. Your request should be for information that is already in
5. Governmental bodies are not required to answer questions,
perform legal research, or comply with a continuing request to
supply information on a periodic basis as such information is
prepared in the future.
6. We recommend that all requests be addressed to the City Manager.
Requests made by fax or electronic mail (e-mail) must be sent
to the fax numbers and e-mail address designated above in order
to trigger an obligation under the Act.
7. If you believe the City of Abernathy has not responded as
required by the Act, contact the City Manager immediately.
Charges for Public Information
Under section 552.262(a), the Office of the Attorney General
(OAG) is required to adopt rules to be used by governmental bodies
in determining charges for providing copies of public information
or making paper records available for public inspection. These
rules are at Title 1, Part 3, Chapter 70 of the Texas Administrative
Code. The City of Abernathy adheres to these cost rules. If producing
the responsive information will incur a cost of $40.00 or more,
the City will provide the requestor an itemized cost estimate
and a date when information will be available. All cost estimates
will inform the requestor if there is a less costly way for the
requestor to access the requested information.
Where estimated costs exceed $100, the
requestor will be required to make a deposit before any records
Note: Report issued in response to requirements
of Texas Government Code, Section 552.274(c).
Public Information Complaints
The City of Abernathy makes every effort to process a public
information request properly. We request you inform us of any
concerns you have regarding the processing of a request so that
we may have the opportunity to address and resolve them as quickly
Requestors have the right to file a formal
complaint with the Office of the Attorney General regarding overcharges
for copies of public information by contacting the OAG
Cost Rules Administrator Tel (512) 475-2497 or Fax (512)
481-1992. If you have a complaint regarding TEA compliance with
the Act, please contact OAG Open Records Division Hotline at
Tel (512) 478-6736 or toll-free (877) 673-6839, or the Hale County
If you have any questions about a request or our procedures,
please contact the City Manager.
Tel (806) 298-2546 | Fax (806) 298-2968 | E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org