March 22, 2013, Number 11


Numerous Detrimental Bills Set for Hearing 

The Legislative session is kicking into high gear. Several bills that would erode city authority or impose an unfunded mandate have been set for hearing next week...


House and Senate Committees Consider Fiscal Transparency Bills

On March 18, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Budget and Transparency considered H.B. 14 (Pitts). The Senate Finance Subcommittee on Fiscal Matters simultaneously... 


Significant Floor Actions

S.B. 53 (Zaffirini), relating to life support services provided by certain emergency medical services personnel. Passed the Senate...


Significant Committee Actions

H.B. 4 (Ritter), relating to the creation and funding of the state water implementation fund for Texas to assist the Texas Water Development Board in the funding of certain water-related projects. Reported from the House Committee on Natural Resources...


City-Related Bills Filed

H.B. 3108 (Morrison) - Property Tax Exemption: would provide that oil, natural gas, and petroleum products are included in the definition of "goods-in-transit" and therefore subject to...


.pdf Version: TML Legislative Update Number 11

TML Revenue Manual for Texas Cities 

Do you ever wonder if your city takes advantage of all the various revenue sources available to it? Do you wish you could lower your property tax rate, but can't find the funds to offset it? Are you afraid that you're missing something simple when it comes to revenues that every other city knows about, except you?


The TML Revenue Manual for Texas Cities covers everything you need to know, from the biggest sources of city revenue-property and sales taxes-on down to the most mundane and arcane-open records charges, raffles, even cemetery taxes.


The manual is organized alphabetically by revenue type and presented in an easy-to-understand, question-and-answer format, similar to the Legal Q&A column that's so popular in Texas Town & City. For each type of revenue, the basics are covered first-such as how the revenue source is adopted, who collects it, on what it can be spent, and so forth. More advanced material is included as well, such as strategic considerations about how particular sources of revenue interact with other taxes and fees, and how to switch from one revenue stream to another. The handbook should be useful to councilmembers, management, finance officers and staff, and city attorneys.


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TML Business Service Partner Spotlight: Cable Television Franchise Management Service 

Local Government Services, LLC, offers a variety of services designed to maximize the effectiveness of your cable franchise agreement. Services include determining compliance with existing franchise terms and conditions; developing public, educational, and governmental access channels (PEG); and negotiating pole attachment agreements. For a full description of the valuable services our partners provide, visit the TML Business Service Partner page on the TML Web site.


2013 Annual TML Tax and Debt Survey Results Are Available

The 2013 Annual TML Tax and Debt Survey results are now available online. This year, 633 cities responded to the survey (1,213 surveys were distributed).


Join the SolutionsNet Listserv 

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March 28, 2013

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April 4, 2013

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April 18, 2013

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April 25, 2013

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April 25, 2013
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April 25, 2013
Region 4
May 17, 2013
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June 21, 2013
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June 27, 2013
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Texas Municipal Utilities Association Annual Conference
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Texas Association of Municipal Information Officers Annual Conference
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June 17

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Texas City Management Association Annual Conference
San Marcos

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TML Newly Elected City Officials' Orientation
San Antonio

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