TAC's Legislative Services Department helps county officials connect with state officials in Austin and federal officials in Washington, D.C., to provide important information to the leadership.
Both legislators and state agency leaders turn to TAC to find out how county officials feel about important issues that affect county government, while county officials count on TAC Legislative Consultants to provide them with relevant information and voice county concerns to state officials.
TAC Legislative staff also promote county interests by serving on state and federal advisory committees and workgroups.
Relevant and Timely Legal Information
County government operates within a complex web of laws and regulations. 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 Services Department can help.
The Association's toll-free TAC Helpline, (888) ASK-TAC4, connects county officials with TAC legal specialists who can assist them in researching issues and finding statutes, opinions and court cases relevant to a particular county situation.
TAC's Legal Services Department provides 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.
Pool Coverage and Related Services
Since 1974, counties have been pooling their resources through TAC for protection against a broad range of liabilities and risks, to provide affordable health benefits to county officials and employees, and to pay for the unemployment benefits required by law.
Owned and managed by counties, the TAC Health and Employee Benefits Pool, TAC Risk Management Pool and TAC Unemployment Compensation Group Account Fund have saved Texas taxpayers millions of dollars and grown to become stable, sustainable resources, specifically tailored for the unique needs of counties. TAC’s pools offer all of the coverage necessary for counties, county officials and county employees.
TAC's Pools offer members:
Sound county governance – Each TAC pool is governed by a Board of Directors comprised exclusively of Texas county officials who understand counties’ needs firsthand.
Strength in numbers – TAC pools provide benefit by leveraging the combined purchasing power of all member counties, getting the best value for the cost of coverage.
Financial stability – Effectively administered by TAC, pools undergo outside audits to ensure financial accountability.
Comprehensive Risk Management and Benefits Services
TAC Consultants offer knowledge and insight to help county decision-makers understand the various types of risk and the coverage available to reduce the risk, keep unemployment costs down and understand how to fashion an affordable employee benefits plan.
Education and Training to Fit Your Needs
TAC’s training programs are designed and guided by county officials. They 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.
They meet the mandatory educational requirements of most county offices, and many are co-sponsored by state institutions of higher learning including the University of Texas LBJ School of Public Affairs, Texas State University and Texas Tech University.
TAC also offers affiliate county official organizations a slate of services including:
- Conference management
- Event registration
- Continuing education tracking
- Dues management.
A Network of Communications
TAC coordinates the flow of county-related information through a variety of publications, the TAC website, social media channels and other communications to keep county officials informed about issues affecting local government.
Digital Tools and Member Solutions
The Association’s Membership Services team provides new services and programs that fulfill counties' needs, including helping counties meet important state cybersecurity training requirements, videoconferencing needs in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic and more.
The TAC County Information Resources Agency (TAC CIRA) works to help all counties have the means and resources to implement technology that citizens expect from their government. Supported by TAC CIRA, the Association offers free online communities for specific county offices so county officials can communicate with each other, get their questions answered and keep abreast of current issues. Membership in some of these is limited to particular officials or organizations.
TAC CIRA provides a wide variety of technology services for all counties that include:
- Web hosting and management
- Email services including archiving and eDiscovery
- Electronic payments processing
- Domain Name System hosting
- Videoconferencing software
- Assistance with domain registration
- Website editing training.