Legal Calendar

Below is a calendar including notice of upcoming legal deadlines. The full text of Texas Statutes are located on the Texas Legislature's website.

Deadline Description Citation
Not later than September 1 District Court order increasing salary, if any, of official district court reporter due to commissioners court for next budget year. TEX. GOV'T. CODE §52.051(c)
Before September 15 Appraisal district board of directors must finally approve budget. TEX. TAX CODE §6.06(b)
Before September 30 Or the 60th day after the certified appraisal roll is received, whichever is later, is the deadline for adoption of the tax rate by commissioners court. TEX. TAX CODE §26.05(a)
September, October Fiscal Year Counties Order designating day of week on which court will convene in a regular term. TEX. LOC. GOV’T. Code §81.005(a)
Before October 1 Deadline for commissioners court to set fees of the Sheriff and Constable to be effective January 1. TEX. LOC. GOV'T. Code §118.131(d)
Before October 1 (or as soon thereafter as practicable.) Tax Assessor-Collector's deadline for mailing tax bills. TEX. TAX CODE §31.01(a)
October 7-29 Period during which County Judge to give notice of General Election by publications. TEX. ELEC. CODE §4.003(a) Deadline extended. TEX. ELEC. CODE §1.006
October 8 5:00 p.m. Deadline for opposed candidates in general election to file first pre-election report of political contributions and expenditures. Actual receipt by deadline required. TEX. ELEC. CODE §254.064
Before October 15 Nominations for appraisal district directors due. TEX. TAX CODE §6.03(g)
October 15, 2018 Deadline for commisioners court to provide written notice of the fees of Sheriff and Constable (or changes) to the comptroller of public accounts. TEX. LOC. GOV'T. CODE §118.131(f)
October 16 Deadine for the County Judge to post notice of General Election TEX. ELEC. CODE §4.003(b)
October 22 First day of early voting by personal appearance for the General Election TEX. ELEC. CODE §85.001(a); 85.00 ( c)
October 22 Deadline for County Judge to deliver written notice of election to presiding election judges TEX. ELEC. CODE § 4.007
October 29 5:00 p.m. Deadline for opposed candidates in general election to file second pre-election report of political contributions and expenditures. TEX. ELEC. CODE §254.064 Actual receipt by deadline required.
Before October 30 Ballots for directors of appraisal district due to County Judge TEX. TAX CODE §6.03(j)

Monthly Reports

The following is a partial list of required monthly reports:

  • Monthly report of expenses by officer compensated on a salary basis in counties of 190,000 or less. TEX. LOC. GOV'T. CODE §154.024.
  • Monthly report of fees, commissions, and other compensation collected and salaries paid by district, county, or precinct officers in counties of more than 190,000 population. (On or before the fifth day of each month). TEX. LOC. GOV’T. CODE §154.044.
  • County Clerk’s report of fines and jury fees to Judge for approval and filing in minutes. TEX. GOV. CODE §51.402.
  • County Auditor’s report. TEX. LOC. GOV’T. Code §§114.024 and 114.025. For populations over 225,000 see TEX. LOC. GOV’T. CODE §114.023.
  • County Treasurer’s report. TEX. LOC. GOV’T. Code §114.026(c). The report must be examined by the County Auditor and cancelled warrants must be verified. TEX. LOC. GOV’T. Code §115.002(c).
  • County Treasurer to report to the County Clerk at the end of each month, a claims report that shows the total amount of claims registered by the Treasurer during the month. TEX. LOC. GOV’T. Code §114.061.
  • Voter Registrar to request from Postal Service any available information indicating address reclassifications affecting registered voters. TEX. ELEC. CODE §15.022(b).

Budget and Tax Planning Calendar

To assist counties in the budget and tax rate adoption process, the Texas Association of Counties has prepared a Budget and Tax Rate Planning Calendar for 2017-18. This planning calendar is designed to aid officials as they develop their own localized calendar for their county. This is based on a fiscal year beginning Oct. 1, and takes into account the new simplified tax rate notice prescribed by Section 140.010 of the Local Government Code.

Remember that “one size does not fit all” and some statutes can be subject to interpretation. It’s a good idea to consult with your county attorney to review how this planning calendar applies in your county.

Another helpful link to information regarding the tax rate adoption process, including suggested tax rate notice forms to be used is on the Comptroller’s website.

For questions, please contact TAC's Toll-Free Helpline (888) ASK-TAC4 or (888) 275-8224 .