June 13, 2014, Number 20

The TML Constitution states that resolutions for consideration at the Annual Conference must be submitted to the TML headquarters 45 calendar days prior to the first day of the Annual Conference. For 2014, this provision means that resolutions from any member city...

Texas Water Development Board: State Water Plan Funding

The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) recently prepared an article in the Texas Water Conservation Association's Confluence newsletter.  The article relates to the TWDB's role in administering recent legislation to fund the State Water Plan, including an overview of public comment sessions on TWDB's proposed funding...


Water Loss Reporting Proposed Rules

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) recently proposed rules implementing H.B. 1461.  The bill, passed in 2013, requires all retail public utilities (including municipally owned utilities) to notify their customers of water loss reported in their water loss audits filed with the Texas Water Development Board...


TCEQ Issues Favorable "Prop 2" Determination

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) recently denied 21 long-pending applications for "Prop 2" pollution control property tax exemptions for Heat Recovery Steam Generators (HRSG)...

Funds Still Available Under the Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Fund
The Texas Water Development Board has announced that funds, including loan forgiveness, are still available for State Fiscal Year 2014 under the Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Fund programs. An estimated $166.5 million is available to fund Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) projects, and almost $6.9 million is available to fund Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) projects.  Assistance will be offered on a first come, first-served basis, with funding allocated on the date an application is administratively complete.

More information is available on the CWSRF and DWSRF websites.  For additional information on these funding programs, please contact:

CWSRF Program Coordinator: Mark Evans, (512) 463-8510
DWSRF Program Coordinator: Matthew Schmidt, (512) 463-8321

Serving as a city official can be the most rewarding and satisfying of all areas of public service. It can also be the most challenging.  Recognizing these challenges, the Texas Municipal League and Association of Mayors, Councilmembers and Commissioners designed a training opportunity specifically for newly elected city officials. The Newly Elected City Officials' Orientation will give you a solid foundation for beginning or continuing your public service role.

Join us July 24-25 in Bastrop, or August 15-16 in Irving, for this valuable learning experience and chance to network with your colleagues from across the state.

As a city official, you encounter ethical and liability dilemmas in every aspect of your position. What are some examples? Questions around employment decisions, dealing with the media, competitive bidding, open government, legislative issues, and other areas come before you and your city every day.    

Make plans now to join us in Austin, August 7-8, to attend this essential workshop on topics that affects the actions you and your city take. You will hear from dynamic speakers from the TML legal department, as well as other ethics and liability experts, who will guide you on how to avoid potential ethical pitfalls.

Registration is limited to the first 75 paid attendees.  Learn more and register today.

The TML Revenue Manual for Texas Cities is now available! The handbook covers nearly every known source of revenue available to Texas cities in a simple question-and-answer format. You'll find in-depth discussions of the major sources of city revenue like property taxes, city sales taxes for general and dedicated purposes, and right of way rental fees, in addition to lesser-known sources of municipal revenue.  

The Revenue Manual is a collection of new revenue ideas, as well as a basic how-to guide for each source of city revenue. It's designed for city councilmembers, management, finance officers and staff, and city attorneys. 

TML members can order the 2014 TML Revenue Manual for Texas Cities now for just $10.

Have You Seen Our City Lights?
Texas Town & City Magazine now features "City Lights," a monthly column that highlights our cities' statewide, national or international awards and achievements. Did your city make Forbes' list of 25 Best Cities to Retire in 2014? Are you proud of that nice government bid you won last week?  Tell us about it!  Send your city's boasts and brags with background details for our editorial team to TML Communications Department.
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Lakeside City 
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South Padre Island
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Texas City Management Association Annual Conference
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Best Practices for Working with the Media
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TML Small Cities' Problem-Solving Clinic
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TML Leadership Academy: Course 2 - Citizen Engagement and Collaboration
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TML Newly Elected City Officials' Orientation
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Ethics for Public Officials: Laws, Liability, and Learning to Govern Ethically
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TML Newly Elected City Officials' Orientation
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TML Leadership Academy: Course 3 - Leading into the Future
Aug 29
TML Small Cities' Problem-Solving Clinic
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TML Annual Conference and Exhibition

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