February 28, 2014, Number 7 


Recent Legislation on Municipal Electioneering Regulations
City responses to recently passed electioneering legislation are drawing attention from the bill's author.  House Bill 259 (Ron Simmons, R - Carrollton), passed during the 2013 legislative...
TOMA and Campaign Season: Incumbents Beware!
As campaign season approaches, new candidates and incumbents seeking elected municipal positions will be asked to participate in a variety of political events.  Candidate forums and fundraisers...
PUC Begins Transfer of Water/Sewer Regulations
H.B. 1600 and S.B. 567 are bills from last session that transfer to the Texas Public Utility Commission (PUC) the powers, duties, functions, programs, and activities of the Texas Commission...

Federal Bill Would Slow Flood Insurance Increases
Many city officials have concerns about the National Flood Insurance Program following the implementation of the Biggert-Waters Act of 2012, frequently referred to as "BW-12."...

TxDOT Outdoor Advertising Regulations
The Texas Department of Transportation recently released proposed outdoor advertising rules. The proposed rules would, among other things, clarify: (1) the permit approval, amendment, and cancellation process; (2) the location requirements for...


TML Launches New Budget, Tax Rate, and Audit Workshop Designed for elected officials and staff who have a role in developing and/or implementing the city budget, this one-day workshop will cover:  

  • The basics of the budget and tax rate process
  • How to forecast revenues
  • What the audit means
  • How the politics fit into the budgeting process   


May 9, 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Abilene Civic Center, Abilene
June 6, 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
City of Conroe Tower, Conroe

Thanks to the generous support from the cities of Abilene and Conroe, the Budget, Tax Rate, and Audit Workshop fee is just $75 for officials from TML member cities. Learn more and register.


April 24-25 PFIA Training for Small Cities is Almost Sold Out The Public Funds Investment Act requires Treasurers, Chief Financial Officers, and Investment Officers of local governments to participate in 10 hours of training on topics pertaining to PFIA within the first 12 months of taking office, and every two years thereafter.  


TML's April 24-25 PFIA Small Cities Training in Austin satisfies the state's training requirements, and focuses on the needs of cities with populations of 15,000 and less.  


The workshop is nearing capacity. Register now if you plan to attend.  


A Guide to Becoming a City Official - 2014 Edition  

Effective service as an elected official requires dedication, knowledge, and a substantial commitment in time. A Guide to Becoming a City Official is designed to familiarize candidates with the responsibilities of city elected office.


Order updated copies of the booklet by emailing the TML Member Services Department. Please include your mailing address, and the quantity you would like to receive. The booklets are available at no charge to TML member cities.  


The Spotlight Is Yours in Texas Town & City

The March issue of Texas Town & City will feature "City Lights," a new monthly column that will highlight our member cities' achievements. Is your city on Forbes' list of America's Fastest-Growing Cities? Are you celebrating that government grant you won last week? Send your city's boasts and brags, with background details for our editorial team, to TML Communications Department

Mar 20
Region 3
Mar 21
Mar 27
Mar 27
Mar 28
Region 14
Apr 10
Region 8 
Apr 17
Region 2
May 16-17
South Padre Island
Mar 10
Mar 27-28
Mar 31
Apr 4
Apr 11
Apr 14-15
Government Finance Officers Association of Texas Spring Institute
Apr 24-25
May 7-9
Texas Municipal Human Resources Association Annual Conference
May 9
Texas Small Cities' Problem Solving Clinic (Sold Out)
May 9
Budget, Tax Rate, and Audit Workshop
May 14-16
Texas Municipal Utilities Association Annual Conference

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