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
March First month Commissioners Court may make determination on whether the county election precincts comply with law and make boundary changes (some exceptions apply). TEX. ELEC. CODE §42.031(a).
March 3 General Primary Election. TEX ELEC. CODE §41.007(a)
March 31 - Counties with 100,000 or greater population County Clerk required to mail or at the request of the filer send by electronic mail the financial disclosure form to the County Judge County Commissioners and County Attorney who are not candidates in the general primary election. Appointed officers and those filling vacancies are to be mailed the forms not later than the seventh day after the date of appointment. TEX. LOC. GOV'T. CODE §159.005. TEX. LOC. GOV'T. CODE §159.005(b).
March 31 - Counties with 125,000 or more population County Clerk required to mail or at the request of the filer send by electronic mail the financial disclosure form to the justices of the peace who are not candidates in the general primary election. Appointed officers and those filling vacancies are to be mailed the forms not later than the seventh day after the date of appointment. TEX. LOC. GOV'T. CODE §159.005. TEX. LOC. GOV'T. CODE ß159.005(b).
Before April 1 If drought conditions exist (as determined by the Texas Forest Service) Commissioners Court may adopt an order regulating the use of certain fireworks for the San Jacinto fireworks season. TEX. LOC. GOV'T. CODE §352.051(d)(2).
Before April 25 - Counties not more than 100 miles from the Texas-Mexico border If drought conditions exist (determined by the Texas Forest Service) Commissioners Court in counties located not more than 100 miles from Texas-Mexico border may adopt an order regulating the use of certain fireworks for the Cinco de Mayo fireworks season. TEX. LOC. GOV'T. CODE §352.051; TEX. OCCUPATIONS CODE §2154.202(g).
April 30 Deadline for commissioners court to order county election precinct boundary changes to comply with its March or April determination. TEX. ELEC. CODE §42.031.
Not later than April 30 Judge of a statutory county court or statutory probate court is required to file a financial statement with county clerk or Texas Ethics Commission. TEX. LOC. GOV'T. CODE §159.052.
Not later than April 30 The Chief Appraiser shall prepare and certify to the tax assessor for each county municipality and school district in the appraisal district an estimate of the taxable value of property in that taxing unit unless a county or municipality elects not to receive the estimate. TEX. TAX. CODE §26.01(e) and (f).
Not later than April 30 - 5:00 p.m. - Counties with 100,000 or more population. The County Judge County Commissioners and County Attorney are required to file a financial statement with County Clerk in the county in which the person resides. Failure to file is a Class B misdemeanor. A $1000 civil penalty may also be assessed. If delivered by mail or carrier cancellation or receipt mark before the deadline is proof of timeliness of filing. TEX. LOC. GOV'T. CODE §159.001 and 159.003 and 159.004(a). LOC. GOV'T. CODE §159.008(b). TEX. LOC. GOV'T. CODE §159.010(c).
Not later than April 30 - 5:00 p.m. - Counties with 125,000 or more population. The Justices of the Peace are required to file a financial statement with County Clerk in the county in which the person resides. Failure to file is a Class B misdemeanor. A $1000 civil penalty may also be assessed. If delivered by mail or carrier cancellation or receipt mark before the deadline is proof of timeliness of filing. TEX. LOC. GOV'T. CODE §159.001 and 159.003 and 159.004(a). TEX. LOC. GOV'T. CODE §159.008(b).TEX. LOC. GOV'T. CODE §159.010(c).


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 2020-21. This planning calendar is designed to aid officials as they develop their own localized calendar for their county.

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 .