Right To Know

What information is public information?
In accordance with the Pennsylvania Right-To-Know Act (Act 3 of 2008), all records maintained by the Borough of Tionesta are public records, unless the records are (a) specifically exempted by Section 708 of Act 3, (b) exempted by another state or Federal law, and/or (c) exempted by a judicial decree or order.

How do I request public information?
To request a public record complete a Right-To-Know Request Form and submit this form to the Borough’s Open Records Officer. Requests for information also may be directed to the Open Records Officer via e-mail, fax or telephone, or the request may be delivered to the Municipal Building. But please note: while the Borough may fill anonymous or verbal requests for information, relief and remedies under the Act are available to only to persons submitting a written request for information. The request should be specific and not seek answers to questions. After filing a request, a response will be issued within 5 business days.

Who is the Open Records Officer for the Borough of Tionesta?
The Open Records Officer for the Borough of Tionesta is the Borough Manager/Secretary Cynthia S. Crytzer. She may be contacted as follows:

Cynthia S. Crytzer
631 Elm Street
PO Box 408
Tionesta, PA 16353
Phone: 814-755-3502
Fax: 814-755-2497
Email: cindycrytzer@tionestaboro.org

What happens after I submit a request for public information?
All requests for information are filled in accordance with the Pennsylvania Right-to-Know Act (Act 3 of 2008). Most notably, a response to each request will be provided within five (5) business days of the filing of the request. If a request is denied by the Open Records Officer, a reason(s) for the denial will be provided, with information on how to appeal the decision of the Open Records Officer.

Does the Borough charge a fee for this service?
The Borough does not charge a fee to locate the public information (i.e., employee time), but the Borough does charge a nominal duplication fee as approved by the Pennsylvania Office of Open Records. In addition, the Borough charges actual postage fees if the public information is mailed to the requestor. Per the Act, the Borough reserves the right to require pre-payment of fees and the Borough reserves the right to waive any fee. The Fee Schedule is available at:  https://www.openrecords.pa.gov/RTKL/FeeStructure.cfm

Filing an Appeal

When a request is denied or deemed denial, a requester may file an appeal to the Pennsylvania Office of Open Records.  The appeal must be filed within 15 business days of the denial or deemed denial date.  The appeal must also include the request, agency denial if one exists, and address agency grounds that the request was denied.  An appeals officer will determine if the record(s) is subject to public access.

An appeal may be filed to the Office of Open Records via its Online Appeal Form, email, fax, or in person at:
Office of Open Records
333 Market Street, 16th Floor
Harrisburg, PA  17101-2234
Phone: 717-346-9903
Fax: 717-425-5343
Email: openrecords@pa.gov

Pennsylvania Office of Open Records Link

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