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  • Bexar County Courthouse – San Antonio

    Bexar County Courthouse – San Antonio

    The original Bexar County Courthouse was designed by famed architect James Riely Gordon and completed in 1896. Last summer the county celebrated the completion of its $9.1 million restoration project funded by the Texas Historical Commission (THC) Texas Historic Courthouse Preservation Program, the Hidalgo Foundation of Bexar County, and other general funds. Restoration projects inside […]

  • A Glimpse in the Life of a Texas County Judge

    A Glimpse in the Life of a Texas County Judge

    Every so often, County Progress asks our distinguished Judges and Commissioners to allow us a glimpse into their public lives, giving us a fresh appreciation for the myriad of roles and responsibilities they shoulder every day. Our thanks to Starr County Judge Eloy Vera for taking the time to visit with us. History: I ran […]

  • The County Government Revenue Stream

    The County Government Revenue Stream

    What We Can Learn From Our Friends in the Sunshine State   By Julie Anderson Editor   Consider the following visionary declarations taken directly from the websites of two of our nation’s counties:   MISSION STATEMENT: The purpose of ______________ County government is to be responsive to citizens in providing an appropriate level of accessible […]

  • 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 […]

Bexar County Courthouse – San Antonio

Bexar County Courthouse – San Antonio

The original Bexar County Courthouse was designed by famed architect James Riely Gordon and completed in 1896. Last summer the county celebrated the completion of its $9.1 million restoration project funded by the Texas Historical Commission (THC) Texas Historic Courthouse Preservation Program, the Hidalgo Foundation of Bexar County, and other general funds. Restoration projects inside […]

A Glimpse in the Life of a Texas County Judge

A Glimpse in the Life of a Texas County Judge

Every so often, County Progress asks our distinguished Judges and Commissioners to allow us a glimpse into their public lives, giving us a fresh appreciation for the myriad of roles and responsibilities they shoulder every day. Our thanks to Starr County Judge Eloy Vera for taking the time to visit with us. History: I ran […]

The County Government Revenue Stream

The County Government Revenue Stream

What We Can Learn From Our Friends in the Sunshine State   By Julie Anderson Editor   Consider the following visionary declarations taken directly from the websites of two of our nation’s counties:   MISSION STATEMENT: The purpose of ______________ County government is to be responsive to citizens in providing an appropriate level of accessible […]

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 […]