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  • Population Growth Calls for Unity, Innovation

    Population Growth Calls for Unity, Innovation

    By Webb County Commissioner Jaime A. Canales, Newly Elected Second Vice President, South Texas County Judges and Commissioners Association   As a proud Laredo-Webb, Texas, U.S.A. citizen, I am honored to have been elected second vice president of our prestigious South Texas County Judges and Commissioners Association. I am also honored to serve alongside Victoria […]

  • Wichita County Indigent Defense Costs Rise 202 Percent Since 2001

    Wichita County Indigent Defense Costs Rise 202 Percent Since 2001

    By Claire Kowalick Times Record News The Fair Defense Act of 2001 provided substantial improvement to the indigent defense system in Texas, but a vast majority of mandated expenses continue to fall on individual counties. Data from the Texas Indigent Defense Commission (TIDC) shows that in the past 15 years, indigent defense spending in Wichita […]

  • Precious Perspective

    Precious Perspective

    During the writing of this article in mid-June, the town of Wimberley in Hays County was once again under a flash flood watch, which included the following warning: “Very saturated soils will further enhance the possibility for flash flooding and increase the likelihood of rapid flooding.” RAPID FLOODING.  The first-year anniversary of the catastrophic Blanco […]

  • Ask the Expert: How Can We Make County Roads Last Longer?

    Ask the Expert: How Can We Make County Roads Last Longer?

    How Can We Make County Roads Last Longer? County Progress tapped into the know-how of some of the state’s leading road experts headquartered at the University of Texas at Arlington.   Question: What are the keys to building long-lasting roads? Answer:  Eldon McCurley and Bruce Eliker, Instructors, University of Texas at Arlington’s UTA Public Works […]

  • County Roads 101

    County Roads 101

    By Julie Anderson, Editor   County Progress is regularly asked for information on the varied county road systems. The text below provides a simple explanation of each system and the related Commissioners Court responsibilities, along with important information on statutorily required road reports.   The Basics             A county road is a public road that […]

Population Growth Calls for Unity, Innovation

Population Growth Calls for Unity, Innovation

By Webb County Commissioner Jaime A. Canales, Newly Elected Second Vice President, South Texas County Judges and Commissioners Association   As a proud Laredo-Webb, Texas, U.S.A. citizen, I am honored to have been elected second vice president of our prestigious South Texas County Judges and Commissioners Association. I am also honored to serve alongside Victoria […]

Wichita County Indigent Defense Costs Rise 202 Percent Since 2001

Wichita County Indigent Defense Costs Rise 202 Percent Since 2001

By Claire Kowalick Times Record News The Fair Defense Act of 2001 provided substantial improvement to the indigent defense system in Texas, but a vast majority of mandated expenses continue to fall on individual counties. Data from the Texas Indigent Defense Commission (TIDC) shows that in the past 15 years, indigent defense spending in Wichita […]

Public Finance 101

Public Finance 101

Statutes Define County Options  By Julie Anderson, Editor As a unit of state government, county government is charged with mandatory duties including conducting elections, providing for public safety, operating the court and jail systems, and providing for indigent legal defense. As part of their commitment to the local community, county governments also authorize discretionary or […]

Precious Perspective

Precious Perspective

During the writing of this article in mid-June, the town of Wimberley in Hays County was once again under a flash flood watch, which included the following warning: “Very saturated soils will further enhance the possibility for flash flooding and increase the likelihood of rapid flooding.” RAPID FLOODING.  The first-year anniversary of the catastrophic Blanco […]

Ask the Expert: How Can We Make County Roads Last Longer?

Ask the Expert: How Can We Make County Roads Last Longer?

How Can We Make County Roads Last Longer? County Progress tapped into the know-how of some of the state’s leading road experts headquartered at the University of Texas at Arlington.   Question: What are the keys to building long-lasting roads? Answer:  Eldon McCurley and Bruce Eliker, Instructors, University of Texas at Arlington’s UTA Public Works […]

County Roads 101

County Roads 101

By Julie Anderson, Editor   County Progress is regularly asked for information on the varied county road systems. The text below provides a simple explanation of each system and the related Commissioners Court responsibilities, along with important information on statutorily required road reports.   The Basics             A county road is a public road that […]

Far West Texas 2016

Far West Texas 2016

FAR WEST TEXAS County Judges and Commissioners Association Annual Conference   Sept. 14-16, 2016 J.W. “Red” Pattillo Community Center Study Butte – Terlingua   OVERVIEW            The Annual Conference of the Far West Texas County Judges and Commissioners Association will bring together County Judges and County Commissioners from the region to review and discuss critical […]

157 Counties Receive $5.3 Million in Tobacco Money

157 Counties Receive $5.3 Million in Tobacco Money

The Tobacco Settlement Permanent Trust Account Investment Advisory Committee (the Committee) approved $46.8 million for the year 2016 tobacco settlement distribution. According to the distribution report published by the Department of State Health Services (DSHS), 157 counties received approximately $5.3 million in reimbursements during the month of April. Last year, 160 counties received $6.3 million. […]

HALT System Bexar County Installs Additional Sites

HALT System Bexar County Installs Additional Sites

  Photo at right: Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff discusses the HALT system upon the completion of the first 52 locations in January 2013. This particular spot on Shepherd Road in Southwest Bexar County is where a flooding death occurred in 2007. How HALT Works Bexar County’s HALT System – High water Alert Lifesaving Technology […]

Local Government Solutions

Local Government Solutions

  One-button E-Filing – Fully Integrated E-Filing In January 2014, Texas became the nation’s largest state to implement a mandatory electronic court E-Filing system aimed at digitizing court filings. In just over two and one-half years, the landscape of Texas court filing has changed dramatically. In the days following the announcement of the mandate, an […]