The State of Texas sets the duties of the Commissioners Court. The general duties of Commissioners Court are as follows:
- Establish a courthouse and jail
- Build roads and bridges
- Assure the safe-keeping of land and citizen records
- Let contracts in the name of the County
- Provide law enforcement through the County sheriff
- Administer the County's public welfare services
- Administer the County's public health services
- Perform numerous duties in regard to elections
- Operate County parks
- Appoint numerous officials
- Set the County tax rate
- Issue bonds
- Adopt the County budget
- ESD Boards
- Williamson County Child Welfare Board
- CAPCOG Advisory Committee
- Bail Bond Board
- Williamson County Conservation Foundation Board
- Williamson County Audit Committee
- Williamson County Historical Commission
- Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority
- Lone Star Regional Water Authority
- Williamson County and Cities Health District Board
- Williamson Central Appraisal District
- Opportunities for Williamson and Burnet Counties
The Commissioners Court is responsible for adopting the County budget and setting the tax rate.The County's fiscal year is October 1st to September 30th of each year. Each summer the Commissioners set the budget for the coming fiscal year. The County Budget Officer prepares a recommended budget for the court. A series of workshops are held in July for the County elected officials and department heads to review their recommended budget with the court. In addition, the court is required to hold a public hearing if the proposed tax rate will be increased more than 3%. The final budget is usually adopted by the end of August each year. The Commissioners Court also sets the tax rate at this time. Email the County Budget Officer or call 512-943-1551 with any questions about the budget process. View the County Budget Information.
Williamson County currently has openings for membership in the Williamson County Historical Commission (WCHC). The WCHC is designated to coordinate and supervise historic preservation under the direction of the Williamson County Commissioners Court. The purpose of the WCHC is to preserve, protect, and promote history within the county. The WCHC is composed of at least seven Williamson County residents who have demonstrated an interest in the preservation of Williamson County's historical heritage and preferably live in Williamson County. Members serve for two-year terms and meet no less than six times per year. The by-laws for the organization can be found here. Applications can be found here. Please send completed applications to your precinct commissioner. Addresses and phone numbers for commissioner's offices can be found in the previous.
Meetings & Agendas
Visit our Special Meetings and Agendas section for information about upcoming Commissioners Court meetings and agendas. Read the Order Setting Rules of Procedure, Conduct and Decorum (PDF) at Meetings of the Commissioners Court. Individuals wishing to speak during the Public Comment time may fill out a Public Participation form (PDF).
The Commissioners Court is a court of record and all minutes of proceedings are recording as permanent documents by the County Clerk. Commissioners Court minutes are available for public viewing in the County Clerk's office at the Justice Center during normal business hours or online 24 hours a day 7 days a week at Commissioners Court Agendas and Minutes.