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County Commissioner

Office is made up of hands-on service delivery and policy-making decisions.

Directly assures that county roads are maintained.

Four commissioners, each elected from a quarter of the county's population, serve along with the county judge on the commissioners court.

Duties include:

  • Votes with the county judge to set the budget for all county departments and adopt a tax rate.
  • May temporarily ban burning certain fireworks during hazardous drought conditions.
  • Sets the yearly property tax rate and approves the budget and employment level for the county.
  • Calls, conducts and certifies elections, including bond elections.
  • Sets employment and benefit policy.
  • Establishes long-range thoroughfare, open space, land use, financial and law enforcement/jail needs plans.
  • Acquires property for rights-of-way or other uses determined to be in the public's best interest.
  • Reviews and approves subdivision platting and wastewater treatment for rural areas.
  • May provide rural ambulance services and subsidize rural fire protection.
  • Oversees the construction, maintenance and improvement of county roads and bridges.
  • Appoints non-elected department heads and standing committees.
  • Supervises and controls the county courthouse, county buildings, and facilities.
  • Has exclusive authority to authorize contracts in the name of the county.
  • Has authority to grant tax abatement for economic development.

Information provided by Texas Association of Counties