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No. Public records law allows a city to recover a reasonable charge for providing copies of public records to any person. This applies to nonprofit corporations as well as private citizens or businesses. The charge may not exceed the amount necessary to reimburse the agency for its actual costs and may not include staff time needed to retrieve the documents.
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Fill out the Public Records Request form. Fax to 360-532-9137 or drop off in person at City Hall 200 E. Market St. Aberdeen, WA.
No, Federal, State and/or City law restricts access to some records. The City may withhold restricted records in their entirety, or may "redact" (black out) part of a record depending on the statutory rules.
No, your request becomes a public record and can be requested and/ or viewed by others.
RCW 42.56.520 provides that a response to a request for public records must be made by the agency within five business days. The day the request is received does not count as one of the five days. RCW 1.12.040 provides: "The time within which an act is to be done, as herein provided, shall be computed by excluding the first day, and including the last, unless the last day is a holiday, Saturday, or Sunday, and then it is also excluded." The general statute appears to be of application throughout the state statutes.
If records contain information that may affect others and may be exempt from disclosure, the City may send a notice to those parties informing them of the request prior to providing the records to the requestor.
If a requestor fails to fulfill their obligations to inspect, respond to clarification from by City staff, or make any payment in the allotted time period, the City may close the request and consider it abandoned.
Large requests may be handled in installments.