May 16, 2014, Number 16


Secretary of State Issues Post-Election Advisory Memos 

The Texas Secretary of State's Elections Division is an important resource for city officials with election-related questions.   The division has recently released a number of new advisory memos relating to, among other things, post-election procedures and recount requests... 

Retirement Benefits for Volunteer Fire Departments: Proposed Increase in Local Contributions 

The Board of Trustees of the Texas Emergency Retirement System has proposed an amendment to the rules concerning local contributions that could result in city cost increases of up to 15 percent.  The proposed amendment was published in the May 9, 2014, Texas Register, and is available here...


Trying to Figure Out Whether Your City is in Compliance with the Texas Local Government Records Act? 

Check out this recent four-part post on the Texas State Library and Archives Commission's blog or this legal Q&A prepared by League staff...

Payday Lending Clearinghouse Updates  

The League's "Payday Lending Clearinghouse" webpage, available at, includes information related to the regulation of payday and auto title lenders.  It is updated from time-to-time to reflect recent developments...

TML Makes Budgeting Less Taxing

The Budget, Tax Rate and Audit Workshop is designed for city officials who have a role in developing and/or implementing the city budget. This one-day workshop will cover:

  • Legal requirements for the budget and audit
  • Your role in the budget and tax-rate setting process
  • Forecasting municipal revenue
  • Top ten issues discovered by the audit
  • Preparing and reading the financial statement

All workshop participants will receive a complimentary copy of the 2014 TML Revenue Manual for Texas Cities.

June 6, Conroe, 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Learn more and register.

Municipal Law 101: Stay on the Right Side of the Law
Thousands of statutes govern the operation of your city, and in some cases, criminal penalties apply to those who break them.  Why do you need to know about municipal law?  So you can spot the issues that need legal review, and stay on the right side of the law.

Learn about the key laws that affect Texas cities at the TML Municipal Law 101 Workshop in Austin on May 29-30. Our experts will provide an overview of the statutes and laws you need to know about - the Public Information Act, liability, election law, land use, annexation, and more.


Course details and registration.

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Join the YouthNet Listserv.

Let's Stay Connected
Does your city have a newly elected official, or do you need to update an email address? Now is the time to review the information we have listed for your city. Staying connected to you is our number one priority, and updating your information is simple-just visit

May 16 - 17
South Padre Island 
Jun 13
Region 4
Jun 19
Region 3
Jun 19
Lakeside City 
Jul 17
Region 2
Aug 8
Region 13
Sep 3
Region 15
Sep 23
Region 3
Sep 30
Region 7 
May 29-30
Jun 6
Jun 18-20
South Padre Island
Jun 18-20
Jun 19-20
Jun 26-27
Jun 26-29
Texas City Management Association Annual Conference
Jul 10
Best Practices for Working with the Media
Jul 11
TML Small Cities' Problem-Solving Clinic
Laguna Vista 
Jul 17-18
TML Leadership Academy: Course 2 - Citizen Engagement and Collaboration
Jul 24-25
TML Newly Elected City Officials' Orientation
Jul 31-
Aug 1
Aug 7-8
Ethics for Public Officials: Laws, Liability, and Learning to Govern Ethically
Aug 15-16
TML Newly Elected City Officials' Orientation
Las Colinas 
Aug 21-22
TML Leadership Academy: Course 3 - Leading into the Future
Aug 29
TML Small Cities' Problem-Solving Clinic
Sep 30 - Oct 3
TML Annual Conference and Exhibition

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