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The City of College Station refused to release a tax planning report completed by a consultant after a Texas Public Information Act Request was filed in July.

During the 2021 budget discussions, the city staff depended largely on an outside consultant’s report that estimated tax revenue impacts. This report was not discussed in any detail during council meetings. A citizen requested the information by filling out the Public Information Act forms required by the city and was denied because it was not “public information.”

Attorney General Ken Paxton’s office ruled on October 28th that the information requested was not protected and should have been shared as public information. Texas Government Code 552.022(a)(1) requires “a completed report, audit, evaluation, or investigation made of, for, or by a governmental body” to be released as public information.

As of this writing, the report has not been released by the city.

Contact your representatives

To contact Karl Mooney, contact the city at 979.764.3500 or email kmooney@cstx.gov

To make written comments for College Station City Council or to speak to the Council, fill out the comment form on the Council website. https://www.cstx.gov/departments___city_hall/council/comments

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