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All information created, received or maintained by or for the Brownsville Public Utilities Board (BPUB) is public information and is available to the public during normal business hours, unless excepted from disclosure. Under the provisions of Senate Bill 1613, information deemed to constitute “competitive matters” will not be released. BPUB defines the measures for providing public access to information and ensuring the proper control, security and release of information.

If you need assistance regarding Open Records Requests for BPUB information, contact the Records Manager, Nancy Tello, at (956) 983-6262 or Records Assistant, Josefina Garcia at (956) 983-6293. Questions may be sent via email to openrecords@brownsville-pub.com

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Open Records Policy

Request for Public Records Form


What is an Open Records request?

How do I File an Open Records Request?

Where can I submit a written request for Open Records?

Who is the official BPUB Officer for Public Information?

How long does BPUB have to respond to an Open Records Request?

Is a telephone call  sufficient as an official Open Records Request?

What records must be provided in response to an Open Records Request?

What is charged for copies of public information?


What is an Open Records request?

An Open Records Request is any written request asking for copies of or access to information related to the transaction of official BPUB business.

How do I File an Open Records Request?

To file an Open Records Request under the Texas Public Information Act, you must submit your request in writing. Your request can be made by delivering a personal letter in person, by fax, e-mail, or using the Request for Public Records Form available on this website.

Where can I submit a written request for Open Records?

Brownsville PUB Officer for Public Information 
P. O. Box 3270, Brownsville, TX 78523-3270 
1425 Robinhood Drive, Brownsville, Texas 78521 
Fax Number: (956) 574-6112 
Email address: openrecords@brownsville-pub.com 

Who is the official BPUB Officer for Public Information?

The official BPUB Officer for Public Information is John S. Bruciak, General Manager & CEO. The General Manager has designated Nancy Tello, Records Manager, to act on his behalf as Officer for Public Information.

How long does BPUB have to respond to an Open Records Request?

The Texas Public Information Act provides for no more than ten (10) business days to respond to an Open Records Request. However, it is BPUB policy to respond to a request as soon as possible if the information is open and readily available. BPUB may require additional time to produce the requested information if it is not readily available.

Is a telephone call  sufficient as an official Open Records Request?

No. To be considered an “official” Open Records Request, the request must be in writing. However, in some cases, a person may call for information of a general nature that may be communicated over the phone.

What records must be provided in response to an Open Records Request?

Everything BPUB creates or receives is open to the public unless it qualifies under an exception that allows it to be withheld. Exceptions are found in the Texas Public Information Act, Senate Bill 1613, and the BPUB resolution on competitive matters.

What is charged for copies of public information?

The Texas Public Information Act provides for charges for copies of and access to public information. Any charges or costs associated with providing information will be billed to the requestor and will be in accordance with the guidelines provided by the Texas Attorney General, Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 70.

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