Homelessness data from the city of San Marcos.

Rebecca E. Butler filed this request with the City Clerk of San Marcos, TX.
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W007850-112320

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From: Rebecca E. Butler


To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Texas Public Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

Custodian of Records - City of San Marcos
630 E.Hopkins St.
San Marcos, TX 78666
Nov 21st, 2020
Dear Officer for Public Records:
This request is made under the Texas Public Information Act, Chapter 552, Texas Government Code, which guarantees the public’s access to information in the custody of governmental agencies. I respectfully request the following information: Any and all homelessness data for the city of San Marcos or Hays County (whichever may be available) for the last 5 years. Some examples of the data I am seeking could be: number of those homeless in San Marcos, number of low-income families in San Marcos, number of foreclosures/evictions, etc.

Specifically, I’m seeking a spreadsheet, database or delimited text file(s) –not paper records or a PDF. If that data exists only in paper form, I request copies of the paper forms or reports. If you cannot produce all of these fields, please let me know instead of denying the request in full. In addition, please include any lookup tables that may be needed to interpret the data. I'll be happy to join the records myself, rather than require your staff to do so. I want to stress that I'm not seeking any records that are prohibited from release either by statute or previous rulings by the Texas Attorney General or the courts. Please let me know if you feel any records in the fields I've requested are confidential, and I'll consider amending my request.

Also, please let me know if clarifying the request might speed the release of the data, reduce any programming time and, most important, avoid a referral to the Attorney General. I am comfortable working with large data sets and can receive the records in a variety of formats (.dbf, .csv, .mdb, etc) and media (CD, DVD, ftp).Since time is a factor, please communicate with me by email rather than by mail. My email address is reb140@txstate.edu.

Disclosure of this information is in the public interest because providing a copy of the information primarily benefits the general public and is not being requested for commercial purposes. I therefore request a waiver of all fees and charges pursuant to Section 552.267 of the act. If there is a cost that is greater than $40, please provide an itemized cost estimate.I shall look forward to hearing from you promptly, as specified in the law. Thank you for your time. Let me know if you have any questions.

Sincerely,
Rebecca Butler
Texas State University Student
Mass Communication and Journalism
reb140@txstate.edu

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Rebecca E. Butler

From: City Clerk

Dear Rebecca Butler:

Thank you for your interest in public records of the City of San Marcos. Your request has been received and is being processed in accordance with Chapter 552 of Texas Government Code, the Public Information Act. Your request was given the reference number W007850-112320 for tracking purposes.
Records Requested:
Other Information
To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Texas Public Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

Custodian of Records - City of San Marcos
630 E.Hopkins St.
San Marcos, TX 78666
Nov 21st, 2020
Dear Officer for Public Records:
This request is made under the Texas Public Information Act, Chapter 552, Texas Government Code, which guarantees the public’s access to information in the custody of governmental agencies. I respectfully request the following information: Any and all homelessness data for the city of San Marcos or Hays County (whichever may be available) for the last 5 years. Some examples of the data I am seeking could be: number of those homeless in San Marcos, number of low-income families in San Marcos, number of foreclosures/evictions, etc.

Specifically, I’m seeking a spreadsheet, database or delimited text file(s) –not paper records or a PDF. If that data exists only in paper form, I request copies of the paper forms or reports. If you cannot produce all of these fields, please let me know instead of denying the request in full. In addition, please include any lookup tables that may be needed to interpret the data. I'll be happy to join the records myself, rather than require your staff to do so. I want to stress that I'm not seeking any records that are prohibited from release either by statute or previous rulings by the Texas Attorney General or the courts. Please let me know if you feel any records in the fields I've requested are confidential, and I'll consider amending my request.

Also, please let me know if clarifying the request might speed the release of the data, reduce any programming time and, most important, avoid a referral to the Attorney General. I am comfortable working with large data sets and can receive the records in a variety of formats (.dbf, .csv, .mdb, etc) and media (CD, DVD, ftp).Since time is a factor, please communicate with me by email rather than by mail. My email address is reb140@txstate.edu.

Disclosure of this information is in the public interest because providing a copy of the information primarily benefits the general public and is not being requested for commercial purposes. I therefore request a waiver of all fees and charges pursuant to Section 552.267 of the act. If there is a cost that is greater than $40, please provide an itemized cost estimate.I shall look forward to hearing from you promptly, as specified in the law. Thank you for your time. Let me know if you have any questions.

Sincerely,
Rebecca Butler
Texas State University Student
Mass Communication and Journalism
reb140@txstate.edu

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Rebecca E. Butler

Your request will be forwarded to the relevant City department(s) to locate the information you seek and to determine the volume and any costs associated with satisfying your request. You will be contacted about the availability and/or provided with copies of the records in question.
PLEASE NOTE: The Texas Public Information Act does not require a governmental body to create new information, to do legal research, or to answer questions. The City of San Marcos will abide by the Attorney General's Cost Rules Section 552.261 and charge accordingly.
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RE: PUBLIC RECORDS REQUEST of November 23, 2020, Reference # W007850-112320
Dear Rebecca Butler,
The City of San Marcos received a public information request from you on November 23, 2020. Your request mentioned:
Type of Record(s) Requested:Other Information
Description of Record(s) Requested: To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Texas Public Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

Custodian of Records - City of San Marcos
630 E.Hopkins St.
San Marcos, TX 78666
Nov 21st, 2020
Dear Officer for Public Records:
This request is made under the Texas Public Information Act, Chapter 552, Texas Government Code, which guarantees the public’s access to information in the custody of governmental agencies. I respectfully request the following information: Any and all homelessness data for the city of San Marcos or Hays County (whichever may be available) for the last 5 years. Some examples of the data I am seeking could be: number of those homeless in San Marcos, number of low-income families in San Marcos, number of foreclosures/evictions, etc.

Specifically, I’m seeking a spreadsheet, database or delimited text file(s) –not paper records or a PDF. If that data exists only in paper form, I request copies of the paper forms or reports. If you cannot produce all of these fields, please let me know instead of denying the request in full. In addition, please include any lookup tables that may be needed to interpret the data. I'll be happy to join the records myself, rather than require your staff to do so. I want to stress that I'm not seeking any records that are prohibited from release either by statute or previous rulings by the Texas Attorney General or the courts. Please let me know if you feel any records in the fields I've requested are confidential, and I'll consider amending my request.

Also, please let me know if clarifying the request might speed the release of the data, reduce any programming time and, most important, avoid a referral to the Attorney General. I am comfortable working with large data sets and can receive the records in a variety of formats (.dbf, .csv, .mdb, etc) and media (CD, DVD, ftp).Since time is a factor, please communicate with me by email rather than by mail. My email address is reb140@txstate.edu.

Disclosure of this information is in the public interest because providing a copy of the information primarily benefits the general public and is not being requested for commercial purposes. I therefore request a waiver of all fees and charges pursuant to Section 552.267 of the act. If there is a cost that is greater than $40, please provide an itemized cost estimate.I shall look forward to hearing from you promptly, as specified in the law. Thank you for your time. Let me know if you have any questions.

Sincerely,
Rebecca Butler
Texas State University Student
Mass Communication and Journalism
reb140@txstate.edu

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Rebecca E. Butler
The City has reviewed its files and has located responsive records to your request.  Please See attached.
**Note from Neighborhood enhancement-  No responsive records The city does not handle foreclosures or evictions; thoseare civil in nature and filed with the county.
Sincerely,
Lucia Cordova
City Clerk's Office To monitor the progress of this request please log in to the "My Request Center" on the San Marcos Records Center.

From: City Clerk

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