County Magazine

November / December 2018

School Finance: The Elephant in the Property Tax Equation

Surging property taxes are a direct result of the state’s school finance system, not cities and counties. Local property taxpayers are picking up billions more for public schools while the state spends billions less. And it’s by design.

In Memoriam

Remembering those we lost in 2018

Gene Terry Retires

Read his final Staff Report and fond farewell

TAC Events during the 86th Legislative Session: Get Engaged. Stay Involved.

A variety of events are scheduled for TAC members to get involved during the 86th Legislative Session

Creative Outreach

Officials offer insights on how to connect with the public

Best Practices Awards Spotlight: Wilson County

Strategic Alliances Expand Library Services, Engage Community

A Look at Team TAC

The Legislative Services Division

Your Voices, Actions Can Lead the Way

Terry's final Staff Report and a fond farewell

Voices of County Government - Hon. Tammy Biggar

County government officials are as diverse as the Texans who elect them, coming from every background imaginable. In this issue we talk with Chambers County Sheriff Brian Hawthorne

A Shifting Labor Force Makes Texas Top State for Business

We’ve experienced an economic downturn, the start of the fracking boom and roller coaster oil prices. Yet, the state keeps growing.

Newton County Clock Tower

The original Newton County courthouse had a faux clock in the tower. In 1929, a real four-faced clock was installed by local benefactors in honor of Dr. J.S. Peavy and wife, Maryann Fuller.

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September / October 2018

Restore What's Right

Heading into the 86th legislative session, it is essential that we stand together on the main issues that we all face.

TAC Rolls Out New Website

TAC Rolls Out New Website

New Risk Management Services Staff

New Risk Management Services Staff

2018 TAC Legislative Conference

More than 500 county officials and staff from across the state gathered in Austin Aug. 29-31 for TAC’s annual Legislative Conference

Bridging the Mental Health Gap

Bridging the Mental Health Gap

The Long Road to Recovery

County judges look back at Hurricane Harvey, the lessons learned and the changes needed

Voices of County Government - Sheriff Brian Hawthorne

County government officials are as diverse as the Texans who elect them, coming from every background imaginable. In this issue we talk with Chambers County Sheriff Brian Hawthorne

What are Orphaned Wells and Where Can We Find Them?

Studies have shown that unattended wells can leak methane and other contaminants into groundwater and create other environmental problems.

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July / August 2018

TAC Communications Staff Receive NACIO Awards

TAC Communications Services staff receive 2018 Awards of Excellence for graphic design and writing.

Legislative Conference Agenda Unveiled

TAC's 2018 Legislative Conference will help county officials and staff prepare for the 86th Texas Legislature

Go Viral or Go Home

From CMRC: How to create and nurture a culture of healthy living.

Heads-Up: Benefits Changes are Coming

TAC HEBP members will see more flexibility in prescription benefits.

The Cost of Health Care and Lifestyle Choices

From CMRC: You may have more control than you think

New Challenges and Old Problems: County Jail Operations

From CMRC: County jails are undergoing major changes in the way they deal with suspected of being mentally ill.

Courtroom Safety and Security

From CMRC: After the shooting of a district judge, courtroom security is a pressing issue.

Problems Caused by State's Growth Must be Faced

People are flocking to Texas and I don’t blame them. It’s a great place to live.

Voices of County Government - Sheriff Robert Chody

Voices of County Government - Sheriff Robert Chody

First Leadership 254 Class Completes Program

County officials completed TAC's new leadership program.

Where are Our Veterans?

We do not know the value of homes owned by veterans, but we can, at least, get the number of veterans by county from the “American Community Survey

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May/June 2018

Tap Into TAC Services

TAC provides service to all elected and appointed county officials, to all counties and to all of the associations of county officials. We want you to use those services.

Clerks Rushed to Reopen After Hurricane Harvey

Once the lights were back on, district and county clerks relocated or erected temporary offices to serve the public.

‘Show Respect to Gain Respect’

Former Falls County Sheriff reflects on 43-year career in law enforcement

Voices of County Government - Hon. Mary Louise Garcia

Voices of County Government - Hon. Mary Louise Garcia

Fifteen Historic Texas Courthouses Receive $20 million

The Texas Historic Commission announced grant recipients

2017 Safety Awards

Eleven counties and three individuals were recognized for their commitment to employee safety.

Changing Mortality Rates by County

Tim Brown looks into the change in mortality rates due to cardiovascular diseases and diabetes across Texas counties.

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March / April 2018

You Take the High Road

I've never been around people I enjoy more than my friends in county government.

Seven Healthy Investments that Yield the Greatest Return

Your family history could put you at risk of developing high blood pressure or other health problems. But you can make smart lifestyle choices to improve overall health and may counteract genetic risks.

Rep. Oliveira Named Friend of County Government

Rep. Oliveira Named Friend of County Government

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January / February 2018

Meet the New TAC President, Hidalgo County Constable Larry Gallardo

Hidalgo County Constable Gallardo became president of the TAC Board of Directors on Jan. 1 and will serve for two years. Get to know more about him.

Counties Helping Counties

After Hurricane Harvey, local government was at the ground level helping their counterparts in hard-hit areas. Here are just a few of the examples of how Texas takes care if its own and how county government has been at the heart of the recovery efforts.

My Friend Charlye Farris

Honoring Texas’ first female county judge, who was also the first African-American to hold the office.

Nine Ways to Celebrate County Government Month This April

National County Government Month is just around the corner. This April is a great opportunity to spread the word about the value of county government and how your county delivers to Texans every day.

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