April is National Government Month

  

 

Each April, the National Association of Counties (NACo) encourages counties across the country to celebrate National County Government Month (NCGM) to raise public awareness and understanding about the roles and responsibilities of county government.

“It’s the perfect time to highlight the efficient, effective local solutions your county delivers to residents every day,” said TAC President and Hidalgo County Constable Larry Gallardo.

To encourage creativity and inspire new ideas, NACo picks a new theme each year that counties can focus their celebrations on, if they choose. The official theme for 2018 is “Serving the Underserved.” The theme complements an initiative by NACo President and Tarrant County Commissioner Roy Charles Brooks that focuses on the critical role counties play in breaking multi-generational cycles of poverty.

“County government is the best bargain for your tax dollar. From law enforcement and the judicial system to elections and transportation infrastructure, Texas counties deliver scores of essential services for very little, and we need to be more vocal about the good work we do,” said TAC Executive Director Gene Terry.

County officials can visit www.county.org/texascountiesdeliver and www.naco.org/counties to find resources and information to share with the public on the critical importance of counties. NACo also offers several resources to help counties plan county government month activities, including sample proclamations, logos, posters and a guidebook; find them at www.naco.org/NCGM

Throughout the month, counties can actively promote county government programs and services by hosting community outreach events and activities. Ideas include:

  • using TAC’s Texas Counties Deliver educational materials to raise public awareness, 
  • hosting tours of county facilities, 
  • holding recognition ceremonies for county employees and volunteers, 
  • distributing information about county programs and services, 
  • sponsoring student essay and art contests, 
  • meeting with business and community leaders, 
  • adopting resolutions, 
  • hosting student field trips, and staging mock trials 

County officials are encouraged to share their plans and engage their community by posting planned activities on social media using the hashtag #NCGM and #texascountiesdeliver. Counties can send messages on Twitter to @TexasCounties  and @NACoTweets  or tag TAC and NACo on Facebook .

Texas counties celebrating NCGM can also send photos and descriptions of events to County magazine writer Joel Nihlean at , for publication on TAC’s Facebook page and Twitter account, and in the print and online versions of County magazine.

 

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