2016 Best Practices:Tarrant County

 County Earns 3 Awards

​The County Best Practices Awards Program 
recognizes accomplishments and best practices in 
county government. The 2016 winners will be 
highlighted throughout 2017 in County magazine.

Tarrant County recognized a need to better inform students about county government, improve efficiency and accuracy in the county tax office and honor United States military personnel. In response, it developed three innovative programs that have been selected by the Texas Association of Counties (TAC) to receive 2016 County Best Practices Awards.

The three Tarrant County programs receiving awards:
Honorary Jurors Program
More than 400 students from 20 Tarrant County schools better understand the justice of the peace and constable’s official duties thanks to the county’s Honorary Jurors Program. Tarrant County Justice of the Peace (Pct. 5) Sergio L. De Leon welcomes elementary and secondary students from his precinct into his court to view actual proceedings, invites them to participate in a mock trial and provides tours of his office and that of Constable (Pct. 5) Ruben Garcia.  The program, which works closely with the Fort Worth Independent School District, has received overwhelming positive responses from students, educators and the community.Tarrant-County-Award---Court-12.13.16-042.png
Cash Balancing Standardization Project
The Tarrant County Tax Assessor-Collector’s office developed new tools and procedures for use across its eight locations to improve management of county funds. The tools make the office’s cash balancing process more manageable and the reconciliation of funds in the accounting department much easier. Trained staff follow standardized “instruction quick cards” that make it easier to identify and locate accounting errors. Since the tools’ implementation, the office challenged the county’s bank five times on shortages that had been adjusted out of the county’s account. After providing detailed supporting documentation available through the new tools, the bank returned funds to the county.
Armed Forces First Initiative
Several thousand military personnel are stationed at the Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base in Tarrant County. The county wanted to honor them by allowing personnel wearing military uniform the ability to move to the front of a line when queuing for county services. Implementation of the county-wide policy was easy and inexpensive and garnered overwhelming support from the community.
“Tarrant County’s innovative programs deliver great value to the community in so many ways,” said TAC Executive Director Gene Terry. “We hope these awards will inspire other counties to follow suit with their own initiatives.”

Tarrant County was one of more than 15 counties across Texas selected by TAC to receive a Best Practices Award.

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