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Texas Pecos Trail Region

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Texas Heritage Trails Program

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Castroville City Hall, Photo by Curtis Craven
Castroville City Hall, Photo by Curtis Craven

TRANSPARENCY IS THE LAW OF THE LAND

Local city and county governments in Texas enjoy a considerable amount of autonomy thanks to the Texas constitution. The passage of the 1912 “Home Rule Amendment” in particular made a difference, allowing municipalities with a population greater than five thousand the authority to pass ordinances and adopt charters limited only by the constitution and prevailing laws. But perhaps the best way to understand the workings of civil government is by watching it in action. City and county councils and commissions adhere to the Texas Open Meetings Act, providing the public the right of access to meetings of government bodies at the state and local level. As Texans we are entitled to receive notice of these meetings, to attend them, and to examine meeting minutes. Among the government bodies subject to the Act include county commissioners courts, municipal governments, boards of education and school districts, and agencies directed by elected and appointed members. So next time your county commissioners get together, join them, it's a good reason to visit the courthouse!

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Upcoming Events

  • Ozona's 4th of July Celebrations

    July 4, 2018 - 2:00pm to 10:00pm

    Ozona's Historic Town Square
    Ave. E & 11th St.
    Ozona  Texas  76943
    United States

    Activities begin at 2:00 p.m. in Ozona’s Historic Town Square. Food booths, games, entertainment and more will keep you busy until the Patriotic Parade which begins at 8:00 p.m. There will be a fireworks display at the baseball fields after...