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  • Delinquent Fine and Fee Collection

    Delinquent Fine and Fee Collection

    Delinquent Fine and Fee Collection Inexpensive Tool Yields Impressive Results   By Julie Anderson Editor The approach appears tough – bold letters, all caps indicating a “WARRANT FOR YOUR ARREST.” However, the “message behind the message” is actually somewhat merciful: “We don’t want to put you in jail, so please pay now.” Hidalgo County launched […]

  • Overincarceration of People with Mental Illness Part 3

    Overincarceration of People with Mental Illness Part 3

    Overincarceration of People with Mental Illness: Pretrial Diversion Across the Country and the Next Steps for Texas to Improve its Efforts and Increase Utilization   Editor’s Note: The following is Part 3 in a series, “Overincarceration of People with Mental Illness,” a report released in June 2015. The full report is available at http://rightoncrime.com/2015/06/overincarceration-of-people-with-mental-illness/. Parts […]

  • Van Zandt County Memorial 11 Years in the Making Nears Completion

    Van Zandt County Memorial 11 Years in the Making Nears Completion

    Never Forgotten – Kneeling Soldier Van Zandt County Memorial 11 Years in the Making Nears Completion  By Julie AndersonEditor Mission: To create and perpetuate a Memorial that honors the Sons and Daughters of Van Zandt County, Texas, who left to fight for freedom and never returned, with a place of beauty and reverence where families […]

  • County Budget Spotlight Polk County

    County Budget Spotlight Polk County

    Vital Communication Tool Using the County Budget to Connect with Constituents By Julie Anderson, Editor     “By offering sound information and improving the general understanding of the workings of the county, we strengthen the public’s trust in government, and I am glad to be a part of this process. As we work to meet […]

  • County Improvement Project

    County Improvement Project

    Creating County Solutions County Improvement Project Includes $20,000 Fellowship Award 2016 Applications Due June 1 Texas counties face challenges emanating from budget constraints, an aging infrastructure, and a growing and diverse population.  Intertwined with these issues are opportunities presented by advances in technology and recent economic prosperity.  Texas county government is becoming an ever-increasingly complex […]

Delinquent Fine and Fee Collection

Delinquent Fine and Fee Collection

Delinquent Fine and Fee Collection Inexpensive Tool Yields Impressive Results   By Julie Anderson Editor The approach appears tough – bold letters, all caps indicating a “WARRANT FOR YOUR ARREST.” However, the “message behind the message” is actually somewhat merciful: “We don’t want to put you in jail, so please pay now.” Hidalgo County launched […]

Overincarceration of People with Mental Illness Part 3

Overincarceration of People with Mental Illness Part 3

Overincarceration of People with Mental Illness: Pretrial Diversion Across the Country and the Next Steps for Texas to Improve its Efforts and Increase Utilization   Editor’s Note: The following is Part 3 in a series, “Overincarceration of People with Mental Illness,” a report released in June 2015. The full report is available at http://rightoncrime.com/2015/06/overincarceration-of-people-with-mental-illness/. Parts […]

Van Zandt County Memorial 11 Years in the Making Nears Completion

Van Zandt County Memorial 11 Years in the Making Nears Completion

Never Forgotten – Kneeling Soldier Van Zandt County Memorial 11 Years in the Making Nears Completion  By Julie AndersonEditor Mission: To create and perpetuate a Memorial that honors the Sons and Daughters of Van Zandt County, Texas, who left to fight for freedom and never returned, with a place of beauty and reverence where families […]

County Budget Spotlight Polk County

County Budget Spotlight Polk County

Vital Communication Tool Using the County Budget to Connect with Constituents By Julie Anderson, Editor     “By offering sound information and improving the general understanding of the workings of the county, we strengthen the public’s trust in government, and I am glad to be a part of this process. As we work to meet […]

County Improvement Project

County Improvement Project

Creating County Solutions County Improvement Project Includes $20,000 Fellowship Award 2016 Applications Due June 1 Texas counties face challenges emanating from budget constraints, an aging infrastructure, and a growing and diverse population.  Intertwined with these issues are opportunities presented by advances in technology and recent economic prosperity.  Texas county government is becoming an ever-increasingly complex […]

County Budget Spotlight

County Budget Spotlight

Crafting a Budget in a High-Growth County By Julie Anderson, Editor  “Fort Bend County is, and has been for many years, a high-growth county. In the 13 years I’ve been County Judge, we’ve added 400,000 to our population to now exceed 725,000 residents. That growth provides our greatest challenge as we strive to accomplish as […]

Overincarceration of Mentally Ill Inmates Part 2

Overincarceration of Mentally Ill Inmates Part 2

Pretrial Diversion Across the Country and the Next Steps for Texas to Improve its Efforts and Increase Utilization  Editor’s Note: The following is Part 2 in a series, “Overincarceration of People with Mental Illness,” a report released in June 2015. The full report is available at http://rightoncrime.com/2015/06/overincarceration-of-people-with-mental-illness/. Part 1 ran in our March issue; we […]

County Focus: County Extension Agents

County Focus: County Extension Agents

County Extension Agent When Texas residents interact with a County Extension Agent, they are interacting – by extension – with the Texas A&M University System. That became clearer with the addition of “A&M” to the name of the agency that oversees County Extension Agents, now called the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. The change became […]

Overincarceration of People with Mental Illness Part 1

Overincarceration of People with Mental Illness Part 1

  Editor’s Note: The following is Part 1 in a series from “Overincarceration of People with Mental Illness, ” a report released in June 2015. The full report is available at rightoncrime.com/2015/06/overincarceration-of-people-with-mental-illness/. We will continue the series in our April issue.   By Kate Murphy and Christi Barr Center for Effective Justice Texas Public Policy Foundation […]

April 2016 National County Government Month

April 2016 National County Government Month

Safe and Secure Counties National County Government Month (NCGM) is an annual celebration of county government held each April. Since 1991, the National Association of Counties has encouraged counties to actively promote the services and programs they offer. Counties can schedule activities any time during the month. This year’s theme is Safe and Secure Counties. […]