Nov./Dec. 2018

TAC Executive Director Gene Terry Retires


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


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.