County Issues

TAC Surveying Counties on Costs of Unfunded Mandates Ahead of Next Legislative Session

June 26, 2020| Legislative News

On June 9, the Texas Association of Counties (TAC) sent the 2020 Unfunded Mandates Survey to county auditors and, in those counties that do not have auditors, to county treasurers. The survey asks about county expenditures from unfunded and underfunded mandates.

Governor Pauses Reopening Texas Plans

June 26, 2020| Legislative News

The following information, based on instructions from all of Gov. Abbott’s current executive orders, is valid as of noon, June 26.

July Runoff Elections Set Stage for November

June 26, 2020| Legislative News

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 primary runoff and general elections will be unprecedented. Adhering to health and safety standards poses challenges, but county election officials are up to the task.

2020 TAC Legislative Conference Goes Virtual

June 26, 2020| Legislative News

The Texas Association of Counties (TAC) prioritizes the safety and wellbeing of our members. In responding to calls for slowing the spread of COVID-19, we have transformed the 2020 TAC Legislative Conference, scheduled for Aug. 26-28 in Austin, into a virtual event.

Nearly $1.2B Available for Mitigation Projects

June 26, 2020| Legislative News

The application process is underway for the first round of funds available for eligible mitigation projects to protect Texas communities hit by Hurricane Harvey and severe flooding in 2015 and 2016.

Updated Truth-in-Taxation Forms Released

June 26, 2020| Legislative News

The long-awaited updates to the Truth-in-Taxation (TNT) forms have been issued by the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts.

Five Percent Biennial Reduction Plans Target Funding for Grants to Local Governments

June 26, 2020| Legislative News

The Legislative Budget Board has provided additional guidance about plans to reduce the state budget for the current biennium.

216 Counties Eligible for the County Transportation Infrastructure Fund

June 26, 2020| Legislative News

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has verified 216 counties will be eligible to access $250 million in the County Transportation Infrastructure Fund (CTIF) grant program.

AG Opinions and Requests

June 26, 2020| Legislative News

TAC has highlighted recent Attorney General Opinions and Requests for Opinions of interest to counties.

State Budget Outlook for the 2022-23 Biennium

May 29, 2020| Legislative News

Driven by the COVID-19 pandemic and a dramatic decline in oil prices, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts Glenn Hegar warns of a revenue shortfall of billions of dollars for the 2022-23 state biennial budget.

Election Officials Await Court Decisions

May 29, 2020| Legislative News

There have been many developments in the world of elections as county election officials await the outcome of the pending cases in state and federal courts on the question of whether voting by mail is authorized for any voter who fears exposure to COVID-19 in lieu of voting in person.

Another Wave of Business Openings

May 29, 2020| Legislative News

Gov. Abbott announced his second phase to reopen Texas businesses, Executive Order GA-21, in a news conference May 18.

Keeping the Courts Safe and Efficient: An Update on the Judiciary

May 29, 2020| Legislative News

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, courts remain operational with some technological adjustments. To efficiently serve their constituents, judges are holding virtual hearings and video magistration more frequently.

Counties Eligible Now for Federal Coronavirus Relief Funds

May 29, 2020| Legislative News

Texas counties with populations fewer than 500,000 are eligible to apply for a share of $1.85 billion in federal funding available through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

TAC Publishes County Official Salaries

May 29, 2020| Legislative News

Results from the 2020 TAC Salary Survey are now available. In addition to the online PDF report, a MS workbook is available with base salary data for all surveyed offices, including salary ranges for county commissioners, constables and justices of the peace.

Disaster Preparedness During the Pandemic

May 29, 2020| Legislative News

Hurricane season officially starts June 1. As summer begins, counties are preparing for hurricanes, wildfires and other disasters.

Virtual Senate Bill 2 and County Budget Training

May 29, 2020| Legislative News

TAC recently worked with the VG Young Institute of County Government to offer virtual training on Senate Bill 2, by Sen. Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston), and the county budgeting process.

Luncheons with Legislators Go Virtual

May 29, 2020| Legislative News

In the past, at the request of local county officials, TAC has hosted luncheons with state and congressional lawmakers across Texas.

Additional Federal Relief for Local Governments Remains Uncertain

May 29, 2020| Legislative News

While negotiations in Washington, D.C., continue, additional direct federal relief for local governments remains uncertain.

AG Opinions and Requests

May 29, 2020| Legislative News

TAC has highlighted recent Attorney General Opinions and Requests for Opinions of interest to counties.

May 1 - Open Texas Continues

April 30, 2020| Legislative News

On April 27, Gov. Abbott outlined his next steps to continue reopening Texas businesses in a series of phases based on data and doctors’ advice.

State Election Officials Face Many Challenges

April 30, 2020| Legislative News

County election officials are navigating how to prepare for the July 14 primary runoff elections and the November general election amidst COVID-19.

Congress Passes $484 Billion Coronavirus Relief Package

April 30, 2020| Legislative News

The United States Congress has passed H.R. 266, the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act.

COVID-19 Testing Site Map

April 30, 2020| Legislative News

The Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) and the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) launched an online COVID-19 test collection site map to help Texans better locate testing sites in their communities.

Reopen Texas Is Underway

April 30, 2020| Legislative News

Three days after governors met with President Donald Trump via video conference to discuss economic reopening guidelines, Texas became one of the first states to begin the slow and strategic process of reopening.


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