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 Unfunded Mandates

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Unfunded mandates are significant co​st drivers for county governments that place an increased strain on county budgets and in turn, on local property taxes and taxpayers.
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In response, counties have sought the passage of a constitutional amendment prohibiting unfunded mandates during the past several legislative sessions. An amendment similar to those in many state constitutions, prohibiting future state unfunded mandates, would help prevent financially disruptive circumstances from adversely affecting county operations, minimize interference with sound financial planning and protect important bond ratings.
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 TALKING POINTS

 
  • Texas counties have long faced unfunded mandates from both the state and federal governments.

  • Unfunded mandates are laws passed by the Texas Legislature (or Congress at the federal level) or regulations issued by agencies that direct counties to undertake specified governmental actions without the funding to support such mandates.

  • A constitutional amendment prohibiting future state unfunded mandates would help prevent financially disruptive circumstances from adversely affecting county operations.

  • Similar constitutional amendments have been adopted by many other states.
 

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