Education and Training
Providing a wide variety of training opportunities relevant to your daily challenges in public office is an important service that the Texas Association of Counties provides our members. Our training events—designed and guided by county officials—target the needs of the county audience and provide a unique opportunity for everyone to participate in coordinated, professionally planned educational activities that offer great networking opportunities.
County government operates within a complex web of laws and regulations, and one of the greatest challenges county officials face is ensuring that operations are not only efficient, but also within the law. That's where the TAC Legal Department can help. Our toll-free TAC helpline, (888-ASK-TAC4), connects county officials with legal specialists at TAC who can assist them in researching issues and finding statutes, opinions and court cases relevant to a particular county situation. TAC's Legal Department can provide you with the confidence of knowing that you approached your difficult job with a good understanding of the laws that apply to your operations. In addition, we provide many legal resources online, including notice of upcoming legal deadlines, a wide variety of legal publications, links to helpful legal resources and a search mechanism for laws and codes.
The TAC Legal Department also responds quickly to important legal developments by providing timely notice and analysis to the appropriate county officials. TAC also distributes upon request a number of helpful legal guides on topics that include: election laws, oath and bond requirements, open meetings, public information, financial disclosure for county officers, special and dedicated funds, animal control and others.
TAC's Legislative Department helps county officials connect with state officials in Austin and provides important information to the state leadership. Both legislators and state agency leaders turn to TAC to find out how county officials feel about important issues that affect county government and for a wealth of information includes property tax information, county profiles, census and demographic data, financial data, and mapping and data analysis. County officials count on TAC Legislative Liaisons to provide them with relevant information and voice county concerns to state officials. TAC Legislative Liaisons also promote county interests by serving on state and federal advisory committees and workgroups.
During the session and beyond, TAC actively gathers, analyzes and distributes vital information on policy issues affecting county government. The Legislative Department keeps county officials abreast of current developments through a regular e-newsletter, County Issues, and on the TAC website. Urgent information is distributed by email alerts to appropriate county officials. Be sure to open any email you get from TAC Legislative, especially during the session. Also, follow TAC on Twitter for legislative news and updates. We're @TexasCounties.
Risk Management Services
The Texas Association of Counties Risk Management Pool (TAC RMP) has provided counties with a stable, sustainable resource of protection against a variety of risks and liabilities for more than 40 years. With more than 380 members and governed by a board of county officials, TAC RMP maintains a strong member retention rate – and for good reason. TAC RMP offers value well below the commercial market, and risk control programs and services – provided free to TAC RMP members – work to help Texas counties manage costs and promote safety.
Health and Benefits Services
The Texas Association of Counties Health and Employee Benefits Pool (TAC HEBP) makes providing county employees with the high quality benefits they’ve come to expect easier and more affordable. TAC HEBP is one of the oldest, largest and most successful public-sector benefit pools in the nation. The program enables counties and county-related entities to combine, or pool, their purchasing power, increasing contract control and decreasing costs. TAC HEBP is governed by a board of county officials.
CIRA is an interlocal government agency supported by TAC and dedicated to helping counties with their technology challenges.