74th Annual Texas Association of County Auditors Fall Conference

October 15 - 18, 2019

Horseshoe Bay Resort
200 Hi Circle North
Horseshoe Bay, TX 78657

For more information contact Luz Hinojosa or Sam Burke​ at (800) 456-5974.

The 74th Annual Fall Conference of the Texas Association of County Auditors is designed to keep members informed of issues that are important to you and your constituents. This four-day conference in Horseshoe Bay is a convenient way to earn continuing education credits during education sessions, as well as an opportunity to network with your peers.

Registration Fees

Full conference registration includes all education sessions and evening events.

Conference Registration Fees  Registration by Sept. 30
County auditor (full conference)  $275
County auditor assistants /staff  $275
Retired county auditor  $150
 
Guest Tickets  Cost
Wednesday: Party by the Bay (Dinner and Drinks)  $25
Thursday: President's Banquet  $50

Continuing Education

The conference offers continuing education credits for county auditors. Please check back for updates on the exact hours offered.

Vendor Information

For information about vendors and sponsorships, contact Eastland County Auditor Loretta Key at (254) 629-1082.

Payment Information

Please make checks payable to Texas Association of Counties.

Mail checks to:
Texas Association of County Auditors
c/o Texas Association of Counties
P.O. Box 2711
San Antonio, TX 78299

Special Services

To ensure that our conference is ADA accessible to all, please contact Sam Burke or Luz Hinojosa at (800) 456-5974 if you need assistance.

Horseshoe Bay Resort

200 Hi Circle North
Horseshoe Bay, TX 78657
(877) 611-0112
Rate: $165 per night or Austin GSA (whichever is lower)*

*The Austin GSA for October is not available at the time of conference registration opening date. The final rate charged will be the lower between $169 per night and the Austin GSA rate in October.

For reservations call (877) 611-0112. Ask for the Texas Association of County Auditors room block.

The deadline to reserve rooms at the special rate is September 30, or until the block is full. We encourage you to make reservations early. Group rates are available for the nights of Oct. 14–17. 

Parking Rates

Self-parking is included in the daily resort fee.

Resort Fee

There will be an additional resort fee of $10 per room, per night. This fee will provide the following:

  • Complimentary Unlimited Wi-Fi Internet Access in Hotel Guest Rooms
  • Tennis Courts and Racquet Usage
  • Self-Parking
  • Local and Long Distance Telephone Calls
  • Lobby Daily Newspapers
  • Access to Golf Practice Facilities
  • Self-Service Laundry Facilities
  • Access to Hotel Paseo and Yacht Club Pools (each with towel services)
  • One-time Bicycle Rental for Two
  • Transport Service to Resort Amenities
  • In-Room Coffee and Tea
  • 24-Hour Use of Fitness Center
  • Access to Select Horseshoe Bay Resort Private Facilities Including Yacht Club Beaches on Lake LBJ
*Agenda is subject to change
Tuesday, Oct. 15
8 a.m.-noon Board of Directors Meeting
10 a.m.-5 p.m. Registration and Information Desk open
10 a.m.-5 p.m. Vendors set up/Exhibit Hall open
1-1:50 p.m. Llano History and District Financial Challenges
Hon. Ron Cunningham, Llano County Judge
Hon. Evan Stubbs, State District Judge, 424th Judicial District
1:50-3:05 p.m.    Dealing With FEMA in the Aftermath of a Disaster
Hon. Linda Raschke, Llano County Commissioner
3:05-3:20 p.m. Refreshment Break in Exhibit Hall
3:20-4:10 p.m. Legislative Updates Panel
Nathan Cradduck, Tom Green County Auditor
Melissa Jeter, Houston County Auditor
Paul Sugg, Legislative Manager, Texas Association of Counties
4:10-5 p.m. Get to Know Texas Association of County Auditors (TACA)
Karon Kantor, Randall County Auditor, TACA President-Elect
Kris Klein, Guadalupe County Auditor, TACA Treasurer
Melissa Jeter, Houston County Auditor, TACA Vice President
Jeff May, Denton County Auditor, TACA President
6 p.m. Reception and Putting Tournament (Whitewater Patio and Putting)
Sponsored by: McCreary, Veselka, Bragg & Allen, P.C.
Rainout location: Conference Pavilion
 
Wednesday, Oct. 16
7-8 a.m. Breakfast with vendors
8 a.m.-5 p.m. Registration and Information Desk open
8-8:15 a.m. Welcome
Hon. Peter Jones, Llano County Commissioner
8:15-9:30 a.m. What We Want to Know and When
Hon. Ron Cunningham, Llano County Judge
Hon. J. Allen Garrett, State District Judge, 33rd Judicial District
Hon. James Oakley, Burnet County Judge
9:30-10:20 a.m. Policies and Unemployment to Reduce Costs
Michele Arseneau, PHR, SHRM-CP, Himan Resources Consultant, Texas Association of Counties
10:20-10:35 a.m. Refreshment Break in Exhibit Hall
10:35 a.m.-11:50 a.m. Investment Options
Hon. Renee Couch, Comal County Treasurer
Samuel E. Vaughan, Vice President, Financial Northeaster Co.
11:50 a.m.-1:05 p.m. Business Meeting and Lunch
1:05-1:55 p.m. TFID Reporting Detail and Surviving An Audit
Debra Stewart, Fiscal Monitor, Texas Indigent Defense Commission
1:55-3:10 p.m. Texas Indigent Defense Commission — Grant Opportunities and Innovations in Indigent Defense
Claire Buetow, Policy Analyst, Texas Indigent Defense Commission
3:10-3:25 p.m. Refreshment Break in Exhibit Hall
3:25-4:40 p.m. Hard Calls in History: the Mahatma and the Eternal Spirit of 42
J. Mark Warren, Training Consultant, Texas Association of Counties
6-8 p.m. Party by the Bay (Aster Lawn)
Sponsored by: Indigent Health Solutions
 
Thursday, Oct. 17
7-8:15 a.m. Breakfast in Exhibit Hall
8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Registration and Information Desk open
8:15-9:05 a.m. CPS Trends, Costs and Who Gets an Attorney
Hon. Cheryll Mabray, Associate Judge, Child Protection Court of the Hill Country
9:05-9:55 a.m. Payroll — Whose Job Is It?
Mary Cunningham, Judicial Program Manager, Texas Association of Counties
9:55-10:10 a.m. Refreshment Break in Exhibit Hall
10:10-11:50 a.m. Capital Improvement Projects — Lessons Learned on Process, Accounting and Auditability
Brenda Jenkins, Senior Vice President, ECM International
Veronica Saldana, Fixed Assets Assistant Auditor, Bee County
11:50 a.m.- 6 p.m. Lunch and afternoon on your own at Horseshoe Bay Resort
6:30-9:30 p.m. President's Banquet at the Yacht Club Ballroom
Entertainment by: Ray Johnston Band (country band)
 
Friday, Oct. 18
7-8 a.m. Breakfast in Foyer
8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Registration and Information Desk open
8-9:15 a.m. Critical Risks and Critical Budgets
Todd Kisel, Risk Management Consultant, Risk Management Services, Texas Association of Counties
Robert Ruiz, Associate Director, Risk Management Services, Texas Association of Counties
9:15-10:05 a.m. Self Defense in the Workplace and History of the National Anthem
Hon. William (Bill) Edwards, Llano County Constable
10:05-10:20 a.m. Break in Foyer
10:05-10:20 a.m. New Board of Directors Meeting
10:20-11:35 a.m. Navigating the Unemployment System in Order to Win Claims and Reduce Costs
Cynthia Brannen, Unemployment Fund Administrator, Texas Association of Counties
11:35-11:45 a.m. Closing remarks/Adjourn

Upon approval, the number of continuing education hours will be posted. Please check back often for updates.

Conference Cancellation

Conference fees are fully transferable to other participants, upon request. All conference registration refund requests must be received in writing before Oct. 1 to receive a full refund. Please send an email to Sam Burke or fax notice of your cancellation to (512) 477-1324.

Hotel Cancellation

If you must cancel a room reservation, please notify Sam Burke. In the event of a waitlist, this allows others an opportunity to stay at the host hotel.

Interested in sponsorship or exhibitor opportunities for this conference? Please contact Eastland County Auditor Loretta Key at (254) 629-1082.

View the schedule of events for the conference here.

Exhibit Set Up and Tear Down

Exhibitors at the TACA conference can set up Tuesday, Oct. 15, at 8 a.m. They can tear down Thursday, Oct. 17, at 1 p.m.

The busiest time for the exhibit hall will be before and after conference sessions and during the scheduled conference breaks.

Texas Association of County Auditors Sponsorship Levels

$4,000 Diamond Sponsor
1. Booth space in exhibitor's area, if desired;
2. Four admissions to all May Institute or Fall Conference sessions;
3. Four admissions to all May Institute or Fall Conference social events;
4. Name recognition as Diamond Sponsor, including an announcement at scheduled social event; and
5. Recognition in County Auditor’s Comments (quarterly newsletter).

$3,000 Platinum Sponsor
1. Booth space in exhibitor's area, if desired;
2. Four admissions to all May Institute or Fall Conference sessions;
3. Two admissions to all May Institute or Fall Conference social events; and
4. Name recognition as Platinum Sponsor, including an announcement at scheduled social events.

$2,000 Gold Sponsor
1. Booth space in exhibitor's area, if desired;
2. Two admissions to all May Institute or Fall Conference sessions;
3. Two admissions to all May Institute or Fall Conference social events; and
4. Name recognition as Gold Sponsor.

$1,500 Silver Sponsor
1. Booth space in exhibitor's area, if desired;
2. Two admissions to all May Institute or Fall Conference sessions;
3. Two admissions to one social event; and
4. Name recognition as Silver Sponsor.

$1,000 Bronze Sponsor
1. Booth space in exhibitor's area, if desired;
2. One admission to all May Institute or Fall Conference sessions;
3. One admission to one social event; and
4. Name recognition as Bronze Sponsor.

For additional information, about the exhibit hall for the Auditors Fall Conference, contact:
Loretta Key
Eastland County Auditor
100 Main St., Suite 205
Eastland, TX 76448
(254) 629-1082

Remit Payment To:
Kris Klein
Texas Association of County Auditors
Guadalupe County Auditor                    
307 W. Court, Suite 205                        
Seguin, TX 78155

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