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Posted: Nov 17, 2022
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Column by Commissioner Cook

https://www.statesman.com/story/news/local/round-rock/2022/11/10/williamson-commissioner-cook-the-overlooked-truths-of-county-government/69639075007/

Photo shows voters at a polling site with a sign that reads: Vote (Aqui) Here --Among the state-mandated responsibilities is to process and maintain voter registration and conduct elections. Jay Janner/American Statesman

In Texas, county government is “an arm of the state.” We have 254 counties, and each is charged with carrying out state-decreed administrative and judicial responsibilities, some of which include actual funding.  

Go back 200 years. What did every county have? A sheriff, a traveling judge and someone to record legal documents such as marriages, divorces, land sales and lawsuits. Well, it’s bigger, better and much more expensive now. 

Let’s look at state-mandated responsibilities of counties. Nearly all are poorly funded by the state: 

  •  Process and maintain voter registration and conduct elections. All entities on a ballot contribute to the cost of running that election, such as cities, school districts, water control and improvement districts and community colleges. These entities contract with county elections departments to conduct their elections but don’t have to; they can run their own elections. It’s cheaper for each entity to join others, with the county conducting the elections. 

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Posted: Nov 15, 2022
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In this edition of WILCOunty Line, kick off the holiday season with the Lighting of the Square ceremony, bring cheer to families by donating to Brown Santa and much more!

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Posted: Nov 15, 2022
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On Tuesday, Nov. 15, the Williamson County’s Commissioners Court recognized Nov. 14 through Nov. 18 as Geography Awareness Week. Additionally, the Commissioners Court proclaimed Wednesday, Nov. 16, as Geographic Information System (GIS) Day in Williamson County.

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Posted: Nov 15, 2022
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The Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter is excited to host its annual Home For The Holidays fostering program again this year. How does the Home For The Holidays fostering program work? It’s simple! First, you sign up to become a foster for the shelter – go to http://pets.wilco.org/How-to-Help and fill out the linked Foster Registration. Then you can make an appointment to pick out the medium-to-large adult dog to take home as your Home For The Holidays foster pet!

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Posted: Nov 14, 2022
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Author: Connie Odom

Celebrate the holiday season at the annual Lighting of the Square event on the day after Thanksgiving, Friday, Nov. 25. The event will be held on the east steps of the historic Williamson County Courthouse, 710 S. Main St. The festivities include entertainment from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. After the lighting, Williamson County Brown Santa will offer the option for visitors to take photos with Santa inside the courthouse from 6:30 to 8 p.m. for a donation of an unwrapped toy or a monetary donation. Enter the courthouse on the south side on Eighth Street.

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