Adopted by: SOUTH HAVEN AREA EMERGENCY SERVICES AUTHORITY BOARD JULY 1, 2015
The Michigan Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requires that public bodies grant full and complete access to information regarding the affairs of their operations. This Act provides for public access to certain records; permits certain fees; prescribes the powers and duties of certain public officers; and provides remedies, penalties and repeals to certain acts and parts of acts.
The Freedom of Information Act is designed to implement a strong state policy that all records maintained by government, unless exempted, are to be made available to the public upon request. As a public body, South Haven Area Emergency Services Authority (SHAES) is required to assure that all persons (except those incarcerated in state or local correctional facilities) are entitled to full and complete information if the procedures of the Act are followed. Information covered under the FOIA include business transactions and paperwork maintained, received and generated as part of the Fire Authority.
The Purpose of this policy is to:
Effective: July 1, 2015
|Type of Reproduction||Cost||Unit|
|Copies of Document||$.25||Per page|
|Additional Copies of Same Document||$.10||Per page|
|Labor cost incurred in duplication, examination, review, separation, deletion, etc.||$3.17||Per 10 minute unit|
|Postage charges||Actual||Per mailing|
NOTE: This schedule does not apply to public records prepared by South Haven Area Emergency Services under an act or statute specifically authorizing the sale of those public records to the public or to fees that have been established and approved as part of the Fire Authority.
The first $20 of the fee shall be waived for each request of an individual who submits an “Affidavit of Indigency” stating that they are receiving public assistance or facts showing inability to pay the full cost.
A waiver of fees will not be provided to an indigent person requesting additional copies of identical documents previously provided with a waiver of fees pursuant to a prior request under the FOIA.
If the fee for the search and providing the public information exceeds $50, a deposit of 1/2 the estimated fee is required.
Fees must be paid in full prior to the actual delivery of the public information or copies. South Haven Area Emergency Services cannot refuse to process a subsequent FOIA request on the ground that the requestor failed to pay fees charged for a prior FOIA request.
After notification of a denial of a Freedom of Information Act request, the requesting party has the right to undertake either of the following actions to appeal the decision: