The Texas Association of Counties (TAC) provides Texas county officials and their counties a variety of services carefully crafted to help county government function more efficiently so county officials and employees can deliver better value to local residents.
TAC’s Legislative Services Division helps county officials connect with state officials in Austin and provides important information to state leadership.
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 Managers to provide them with relevant information and to 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.
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 Division 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.
County Official Listservs
The Association also offers county official email listservs aligned by office that allow officials to communicate with each other, get their questions answered and keep abreast of current issues.
All listservs are free to county officials and employees. Membership in some listservs is limited to particular officials or organizations. Members of each listserv email group seek information from each other by sending an email to the group.
Technology: Tools and Solutions
The TAC County Information Resources Agency (CIRA) works to help all counties have the means and resources to implement technology that citizens now expect from their government. A main priority for TAC CIRA is to provide opportunities for counties to efficiently communicate with one another so that solutions can be shared.
TAC CIRA also provides a wide variety of technology services for all counties that include:
- Web hosting and email services
- The ability to accept electronic payments
- Domain Name System hosting
- Assistance with domain registration
- Website editing training.