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What is the Travis County Commissioners Court?

Answer: The five-member Travis County Commissioners Court is the governing body of the County. The Commissioners Court consists of the elected County Judge and four elected precinct Commissioners. The County Judge serves as the presiding officer for Commissioners Court meetings and ceremonial head of Travis County government.

The four precinct Commissioners traditionally represent their constituents on all precinct-specific issues before the Court. These duties include nominating individuals for appointment to the boards of Emergency Service Districts located in their precincts.

The Commissioners Court is not a judicial court, despite its name. Its responsibilities are executive and administrative. The Court´s major duties include:

  • Setting the tax rate and adopting a County budget, which:
  • Approving plats for residential development in unincorporated areas;
  • Monitoring and supporting environmental regulation and enforcement in the County;
  • Letting contracts and authorizing payment of all County bills;
  • Establishing voting precincts, appointing precinct judges and calling County elections (including bond elections);
  • Appointing certain county officials and hiring County Executive personnel;
  • Appointing County residents to represent Travis County on various Boards and Committees; and
  • Filling many elective and appointive vacancies.
Judge Andy Brown

Travis County Judge Andy Brown

Street Address
700 Lavaca, Suite 2.300
Austin, TX 78701
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Mailing Address
PO Box 1748
Austin, TX 78767

Phone
(512) 854-9555

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TAX RATE: TRAVIS COUNTY ADOPTED A TAX RATE THAT WILL RAISE MORE TAXES FOR MAINTENANCE AND OPERATIONS THAN LAST YEAR'S TAX RATE. THE TAX RATE WILL EFFECTIVELY BE RAISED BY 3.6 PERCENT AND WILL RAISE TAXES FOR MAINTENANCE AND OPERATIONS ON A $100,000 HOME BY APPROXIMATELY $11.00.

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