Author:
Kris Seago
Subject:
Government/Political Science
Material Type:
Full Course
Level:
Academic Lower Division
Provider:
Austin Community College
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  • ACC Liberal Arts
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    Creative Commons Attribution
    Language:
    English
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    Glossary

    Overview

    Glossary

    Glossary: Local Government in Texas

    at-large election: an election in which officials are selected by voters of the entire geographical area, rather than from smaller districts within that area

    county clerks: public official who is the main record-keeper of the county

    county commissioner: government official (four per county) on the county commissioners' court whose main duty is the construction and maintenance of roads and bridges

    county commissioners' court: the main governing body of each county; has the authority to set the county tax rate and budget.

    county tax assessor-collector: public official who maintains the county tax records and collects taxes owed to the county

    district attorney: public official who prosecutes the more serious criminal cases in the district court

    home-rule charters: the rules under which a city operates; local governments have considerable independent governing power under these charters

    municipal utility district (MUD): a special district that offers services such as electricity water, sewage, and sanitation outside the city limits

    school district: a specific type of special district that provides public education in a designated area

    special district: a unit of local government that performs a single service, such as education or sanitation, within a limited geographic area

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    Local Government in Texas: Glossary. Authored by: Andrew Teas. License: CC BY: Attribution