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Our Village has a resident that files FOIA requests once per week and the work to produce the documents has begun to take more and more of staff's time. Is it ever okay not to respond to a FOIA request?
A:  No. Surprisingly, the most common formal opinion issued by the Public Access Counselor is that a public body violates FOIA by ignoring a request (as well as the PAC's request for review!). The most recent formal opinion, Public Access Opinion 18-011, was released September 10, 2018.

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Economic Development For Municipal Officials (PDF 1070KB)
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Our Newly Elected Officials Guide is designed to provide information and guidance on various laws and procedures to newly-elected officials of all local governments. (Updated 2019)
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Communicating in an Electronic Age (PDF 1107KB)
APA Planning Magazine, April 2014
Rules of the Game: A Framework for Effective Zoning Hearings (PDF 569KB)
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In The Zone: Land Use E-News (Spring 2019) (PDF 244KB)
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Archived Question of the Month
October 2018
Our Village has a resident that files FOIA requests once per week and the work to produce the documents has begun to take more and more of staff's time. Is it ever okay not to respond to a FOIA request? View answer
June 2018
One of our employees requires intermittent 15 minute breaks under FMLA. Are we required to compensate that employee for the time spent on those breaks? View answer
December 2017
Can a home rule municipality adopt an ordinance that exempts certain records from public inspection, even though those same records may be subject to public inspection under FOIA? View answer
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