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16 Cards in this Set

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A city
Municipal Corporation
The right and authority of a local government to govern itself; rather than have the state govern it
Home rule
Professional association and lobbying arm for county governments
Texas Association of Counties
Elected official who is the chief admistrative officer of county government, serves on the commissioners court, and may also have some judical functions
County Judge
The legislative body of a county in Texas
Commissioners court
elected offical who serves on the county legislative body, the commissioners court
County Commissioner
The Texas statutory code containing state laws about local governments
Local Government Code
The legal right to adopt ordinances concerning a wide array of subject areas, authority that cities have but counties do not
General ordinance-making authority
cities with fewer than 5000 residents, governed by the general state law rather than by a locally adopted charter
General law cities
A form of city government in which the mayor has no more power that any other member of the council
Weak mayor-council
A form of city government in which the mayor has strong powers to run the city by hiring, managing, and firing staff and controlling executive departments; the mayor also serves on the council
Strong mayor-council
A form of city government in the city council and mayor hire a professional manager to run the city
Council manager
A form of city government in which elected members serve on the legislative body and also serve as head administrators of city programs
City commission
Professional association and lobbying arm for city governments
Texas Municipal League
Enlargement of a city's corporate limits by incorporating surrounding territory into the city
The area outside a city's boundaries over which the city may exercise limited control
Extraterritorial jurisdication (ETJ)