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Michigan Freedom of Information Act

Procedures and Guidelines Regarding Fees

The Michigan Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) allows public bodies to charge fees in connection with requests made under FOIA for public records, as defined by FOIA. Except as noted or as provided for otherwise in the FOIA:

A fee may be charged for a public record search, copying for inspection or for providing a copy of a public record. Fees are limited to actual mailing costs and to the actual incremental cost of duplication or publication including labor, the cost of search, examination, review, and deletion and separation of exempt from nonexempt information as provided for in the FOIA. This time and work will be charged at the hourly rate, including benefits, of the lowest paid employee capable of performing the task necessary to comply with the request under the FOIA.

If the fee authorized under the FOIA exceeds $50.00, a good faith deposit of no more than one half of the projected total fee may be required in order to process the request. Full payment of all fees incurred in processing the request shall be required before delivering the public records.

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