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
By October 1, or as soon thereafter as practicable Tax assessor-collector’s deadline for mailing tax bills. TEX. TAX CODE §31.01(A)
October 9-31 Deadline extended.
Period for county judge to give notice of general election by publication. A copy of the notice must also be posted on the county’s website.
TEX. ELEC. CODE §§4.003 (A), 1.006
October 10, 5 p.m. Deadline extended. Actual receipt by deadline required.
Deadline for opposed candidates in general election to file first pre-election report of political contributions and expenditures.
TEX. ELEC. CODE §§254.064, 1.006
October 18 Deadline for the county judge to post notice of general election. TEX. ELEC. CODE §4.003(b)
Before October 15 Nominations for appraisal district directors due. TEX. TAX CODE §6.03(g)
October 17 Deadline extended.
Deadline for commissioners 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 24 First day of early voting by personal appearance for the general election. TEX. ELEC. CODE §§85.001(a), 85.001(c)
October 24 Deadline for county judge to deliver written notice of election to presiding election judges. TEX. ELEC. CODE §4.007
October 31, 5 p.m. Deadline for opposed candidates in general election to file second pre-election report of political contributions and expenditures. Actual receipt by deadline required. TEX. ELEC. CODE §254.064
Before October 30 Ballots for directors of appraisal district due to county judge. TEX. TAX CODE §6.03(j)
November 4 Last day of early voting by personal appearance for the general election. TEX. ELEC. CODE §85.001
November 8 General election day. TEX. ELEC. CODE §41.002
Not later than November 22 Last day for commissioners court to canvass election returns. After the canvass the county judge shall promptly deliver a certificate of election to each candidate elected in the election, unless a recount petition has been filed for that office. TEX. ELEC. CODE §§67.003, 67.016 and 212.0331
November 15 Complete jury wheel due to Secretary of State. TEX. GOV’T. CODE §62.001(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 2021-22. 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 .