Freedom Of Information Act



Q: What is FOIA?

A: FOIA stands for Freedom of Information Act.

  • FOIA establishes a citizen's legal right to access government records and information upon request.
  • FOIA responses and information are freely available (within set guidelines) but they are not free to obtain; usually, you must pay for the costs of finding, processing, copying and mailing the requested material.

Q: How do I file a FOIA request?

A: File with the Township Clerk's office.

  • FOIA requests for Green Oak Charter Township public records must be in writing and sent to the designated FOIA Coordinator:
  •  FOIA Coordinator

Green Oak Charter Township Clerks Office
10001 Silver Lake Rd.
Brighton, MI 48116

You may also make your request in person at the Clerks Office, or fax your request to the Clerk's office at 810-231-5080.

  • FOIA requests for Green Oak Charter Township Police records should be sent to:
Green Oak Charter Township Clerk's Office
10001 Silver Lake Rd.
Brighton, MI 48116

You may also email your FOIA request to the following address :
clerk@greenoaktwp.com

Q: How long does it take to get records under FOIA?

A: Between 5 and 15 days on average.

  • The statute allows 5 working-days for the Township to respond to a FOIA request.
  • An extension of an additional 10 days is allowed under the statute, including if the request requires the township to search for, collect, examine, or review a voluminous amount of separate and distinct public records, or to collect the public records from numerous offices, facilities or establishments located apart from this office.

Q: What does it cost to get records pursuant to a FOIA request?

A: Costs vary depending on the quantity and complexity of the documents request.

  • The Act allows the Township of Green Oak to charge for the labor of finding, compiling and reviewing the records.
  • Charges are based not on the highest paid FOIA responder in the office, but on the lowest.
  • If the charge is expected to exceed $50.00, a letter of notification is sent to the requestor asking for a deposit before proceeding with copying.
  • Please note that Green Oak Charter Township only accepts Cash or Check for FOIA Release

 

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