The results of the unfunded mandates survey are now available online in the following report – The Cost of County Government: 2016 Unfunded Mandates Survey. This first of its kind survey of the costs of Texas county government details the growing financial impact of unfunded and underfunded mandates on county budgets and the property tax payers that fund those budgets.
As we have said before, SB 2 and other bills which lower the current revenue cap, willfully ignore the cost of government, including the burden of unfunded mandates on property tax payers.
Please review the report and identify what these mandates cost your county tax payers. Tell your story to your legislators.
Prior to the release of the full document, we posted a brief highlighting six significant cost-drivers from the survey – The Cost of County Government: Six Significant Cost-Drivers Not Addressed by SB 2. But, now this new, longer document is available that discusses those same six cost-drivers plus many more.
The study, which looked at five years of data gathered from 98 counties, was conducted by the Texas Association of Counties in cooperation with the County Judges and Commissioners Association of Texas, the Texas Conference of Urban Counties and the Texas Association of County Auditors. It collected information on the costs of certain unfunded and partially funded mandates and then extrapolated to estimate the annual statewide expenditures by counties for those mandates. The report focuses on the statewide extrapolations to give readers a better grasp of statewide costs incurred by property tax payers.
Full Report: The Cost of County Government: 2016 Unfunded Mandates Survey
Brief: The Cost of County Government: Six Significant Cost-Drivers Not Addressed by SB 2
Questions about either of these reports can be directed to Tim Brown, (512) 478-8753 or (800) 456-5974.