Nov./Dec. 2018

TAC Executive Director Gene Terry Retires

Features

Art Deco Courthouses of Texas

The first popular architectural style to break with tradition

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.

Gene Terry Retires

Read his final Staff Report and fond farewell

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

Roland Gilbert

Creative Outreach

Officials offer insights on how to connect with the public

Liz Carmack

Gene Terry Retires

Read his final Staff Report and fond farewell

County magazine

In Memoriam

Remembering those we lost in 2018

Art Deco Courthouses of Texas

The first popular architectural style to break with tradition

Liz Carmack

Sr. Communications Specialist

A Look at Team TAC

The Legislative Services Division

Joel Nihlean

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.

Tim Brown

County Information Senior Analyst

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.

County magazine

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.

Joel Nihlean

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

County magazine

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 Fannin County Clerk Tammy Biggar

County magazine

Your Voices, Actions Can Lead the Way

Terry's final Staff Report and a fond farewell

Gene Terry

TAC Executive Director

LAST LOOK

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.

A catastrophic fire attributed to faulty wiring in the attic near the bell tower erupted on the evening of August 4, 2000. The fire spread quickly throughout the building causing the bell tower to collapse through the center of the structure. Much of the interior was destroyed with many county records and documents damaged. But the clock tower was recovered and now serves as a memorial.

The courthouse was originally built in 1903 and completely renovated after the fire in 2012.