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April 27, 1999

Mr. John Steiner
Division Chief
Law Department
City of Austin
P.O. Box 1546
Austin, Texas 78767-1546


Dear Mr. Steiner:

You ask whether certain information is subject to required public disclosure under the Public Information Act, chapter 552 of the Government Code. Your request was assigned ID# 123823

The City of Austin (the "city") received a request for the appraisals of three tracts of land recently acquired by the city.(1) You have supplied the responsive information for our review. In Open Records Letter No. 99-0036 (1999) our office ruled that information responsive to a request for "appraisals of all parcels of land the Austin City Council has voted to purchase under Proposition 2," could be withheld from public disclosure pursuant to section 552.105 of the Government Code. The city contends that the information responsive to the current request is the same as that at issue in Open Records Letter No. 99-0036.

Based on a review of the submitted information and your representation that the subject property was acquired by the city in its ongoing "Proposition 2" program of land acquisition, we conclude that this information is a subset of the information held by our office in Open Records Letter No. 99-0036 to be properly withheld from public disclosure.

You may therefore withhold this information at this time.


Michael Jay Burns
Assistant Attorney General
Open Records Division


Ref.: ID# 123823

encl. Submitted documents

cc: Mr. Walter Batla
Dodd & Batla
800 Brazos, Suite 1400
Austin, Texas 78701
(w/o enclosures)



1. You have supplied supporting documentation which establishes that you received the request for information on January 26, 1999. Our office received your request for opinion on February 9, 1999; it was therefore timely made.

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