Requesting Public Information

The City of Portage strives to maintain an open government.  Part of ensuring an open government is strict adherence to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). 

To request information, fill out the Request Form as completely and in as much detail as possible.  Two (2) request forms are available depending on the type of request:

  1. Department of Public Safety related information Public Safety FOIA Request Form
  2. Non-Public Safety information General FOIA Request Form

Responses to FOIA requests must be done within five (5) business days after receipt of the request. However, a jurisdiction may request an extension of up to ten (10) business days.  Replies may occur in one of the following manners:

  • Granting the request
  • Denying the request
  • Granting the request in part and denying in part
  • Requesting an extension of up to 10 days

Fees
Fees are assessed for the labor performed fulfilling a request.  In addition, fees may also be assessed at a rate of $0.10 per page.  If it is estimated that the cost will be in excess of $50, a deposit may be required.  Payment in full is needed upon delivery of the information.

A "Summary of FOIA Procedures and Guidelines" and "FOIA Procedures and Guidelines" are available to inform the public on the FOIA process within the City of Portage.  

Should the request be denied, FOIA provides an appeals process.