There is no cost required to submit a FOIA request. However, FOIA allows local governments to make a reasonable charge to cover its actual cost to access, search for, duplicate, and supply requested records. It is the goal of the County to keep the cost as low as possible. The requestor may ask for an advance estimate of the charges for complying with the request. If charges are expected to exceed $200, the County may require the requestor to pay the estimated charges in advance, before the request is processed. Any unpaid balances past due for more than 30 days after billing must be paid before the County will fulfill any future requests.