Public Information

The City of Brownsville fully complies with the Texas Public Information Act (Texas Government Code, Chapter 552).

Procedures to Obtain Information


  1. Submit a request by mail, fax, email or in person according to a governmental body's reasonable procedures.
  2. Include enough description and detail about the information requested to enable the governmental body to accurately identify and locate the information requested.
  3. 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 we 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.

B. Cost of Records


  • You must respond to any written estimate of charges within 10 business days of the date the governmental body sent it or the request will be considered automatically withdrawn.
  • If estimated costs exceed $100 (or $50 if a governmental body has fewer than 16 full time employees) the governmental body may require a deposit.
  • You 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, or obtain a security deposit, before processing additional requests from you.

C. Information That May Be Withheld Due to an Exception


  • By the 10th business day after a governmental body receives your written request, a governmental body must:
    • request an Attorney General opinion and state which exceptions apply;
    • notify the requestor of the referral to the Attorney General; and
    • notify third parties if the request involves their proprietary information.
  • Failure to request an Attorney General opinion 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 redacted copy.
  • 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" an opinion.

D. To Request Information From the City of Brownsville


Please contact the Office of the City Secretary to request information.

You may send your request by mail to:
P.O. Box 911
Brownsville, TX 78520

Request information by email or fax at 956-546-2130

View/ Download: Public Information Request Form (PDF)

In person at:
Office of the City Secretary
City Plaza
1034 E Levee Street 1st Floor
Brownsville, Texas 78520