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How do I make a payment if there are fees required to respond to my request?

If there are fees to respond to your request, you will receive notice in our response.  Payment...

Are County records available on the County Website?

Some County records are on the Ottawa County website at www.miottawa.org at no charge to the...

When will I receive a response?

After the FOIA Coordinator receives a request, a public body has 5 business days to respond to a...

Can I obtain Court Records through FOIA?

The Judiciary, including the District, Circuit Court and Probate Courts and the office of the County...

Are there fees to respond to a request?

Fees may be charged for responding to a FOIA request in accordance with FOIA and the County’s...

Are there certain records that will not be given out under FOIA?

FOIA contains a number of exemptions to the release of public records. There are numerous other...

Will the County create a public record if one does not exist?

FOIA does not require a public body to make a compilation, summary, or report of information, nor...

If a fee is charged is a deposit required?

When the fees exceed $50, the County may require a deposit equal to ½ of the estimated fees to...

Is payment in full required before the public records will be released?

If fees are assessed, a requester must make full payment before the public documents responsive to a...

Are fees reduced for indigent individuals and non-profit organizations?

If an individual entitled to information submits an affidavit stating that they are indigent and...

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