The tiny East Texas town of Alto made national headlines this summer when it furloughed its five-man police department in an effort to save money in this ailing economy. But Alto is hardly the only Texas community struggling to fund public safety amid falling tax revenues and shrinking state and federal aid.Full Story
The Texas Municipal League, founded in 1914, provides services to cities and advocates for their needs before the Legislature and U.S. Congress.
More than 1,100 of the 1,215 incorporated Texas cities are members of the TML.
TML has 35 employees and five internal departments, including member services, legislative services, legal services, program development and administrative services.
One lawmaker has proposed a constitutional amendment blocking lawmakers from passing so-called unfunded mandates on to local governments. But as Ben Philpott of KUT News and the Tribune reports, cities and counties worry the costs will come anyway.Full Story