Freedom of Information Act Procedure

Fee Schedule FY 2023-2024

Subject to change at the executive director/CEO discretion each fiscal year
Retrieval / Redaction Fee
Archive Retrieval Fee
$75.00/box (subject to increase depending on number of boxes)
CD/Disk/DVD Fee
Printed Copies
$0.50 per page Black and White (B/W) - Letter size
$1.00 per page Color - Letter size
$0.75 per page B/W – Legal/Ledger size
$2.00 per page Color – Legal/Ledger size
Mail Costs
Cost of postage, UPS or FedEx based off estimate of weight
The COMET bills only for its costs to fulfill each request. Invoices will be sent to you and payment is required in full before the public records are released to you.

If payment is required, records may only be collected upon payment submitted in advance or at pick up from The COMET in person at 3613 Lucius Road, Columbia, SC 29201, during business hours Monday through Friday (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., excluding public holidays).

Pursuant to SC Code Section 30-2-50, obtaining or using public records under the Freedom Information Act for the commercial solicitation of any person in this State is prohibited by law and subject to criminal penalty. No person or private entity shall obtain or distribute personal information obtained from a public record for commercial solicitation.

Submit a FOIA Request

FOIA Request Form

Central Midlands Regional Transit Authority Freedom of Information Act Policy

Approved by the Board of Directors on November 29, 2017
  1. The Central Midlands Regional Transit Authority (the “CMRTA”) shall at all times comply with the requirements of the South Carolina Freedom of Information Act, Title 30, Section 4 of the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, as amended (the “SCFOIA”).

  2. The CMRTA shall establish and collect reasonable fees not to exceed the actual cost of the search, retrieval, and redaction of records. The Executive Director shall be responsible for establishing the fee scheduled pursuant to the parameters set forth in Section 30-4-30(B) of the SCFOIA. The fee schedule shall be as posted on the website. The fee schedule shall be reviewed annually during the first quarter of each fiscal year so that appropriate adjustments can be made.

  3. The Executive Director is responsible for the CMRTA’s compliance with the SCFOIA. In discharging that responsibility, the Executive Director may delegate responsibility to competent administrative staff. An appropriate procedure must be established to ensure that all time limits established by the SCFOIA are met.

  4. The Executive Director or the Executive Director’s designee may refer any question regarding the SCFOIA to the CMRTA’s general counsel for legal guidance.