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Real County's Commitment To Financial Transparency
Constituents pay for their government and deserve to know how it spends their money. Real County is committed to financial transparency. County officials make every effort to open the county's books to the public and provide a clear, consistent picture of spending with detailed information on how tax dollars are allocated and spent. This information is provided online in an easily accessible, user-friendly format with features that allow taxpayers to easily drill down for more detailed information. Real County's objective is to build trust among all constituents by posting financial information online and allowing many records to be freely accessible, rather than requiring the public to file information requests to obtain the information. Opening the county's books invites citizens to comment on spending decisions and become involved in the decision-making process, which is a key ingredient of democracy.
Transparency is a broad term that, quite literally, means something that can be seen through. Transparency ensures that taxpayer dollars are spent efficiently by ensuring all decisions are made in the open and on the record. Technology — and the web in particular — has changed the expectations for customer service and government transparency at all levels. In a computer- and Internet-based society, government can no longer justify the money and time required to print reports. Publishing information online means no postage, no waiting for the mail, up-to-date documents and worldwide accessibility. Transparency should not be confused with sharing confidential information. Real County posts financial information while still being sensitive to the protection of information deemed confidential by law.
Real County's Financial Documents, Annual Budgets
and Other Information
The monthly report from the Real County Treasurer shows the beginning and ending balances of the county's operating accounts in the previous month, the amounts to be paid by the county as of the report date, the restricted funds held by the county, and the county's emergency reserves.
Treasurer's Report 11-14-16
Real County adopts an annual budget for each fiscal year. The county's fiscal year runs from October 1st to September 30th. The annual budget serves as Real County's business plan for the year, written in numbers. The annual budget shows proposed annual revenues and expenditures broken down by program, elected office and/or department.
Fiscal Year 2016-17 Adopted Budget
Fiscal Year 2016-17 Raw Format Budget
Fiscal Year 2015-16 Adopted Budget
Fiscal Year 2014-15 Adopted Budget
Fiscal Year 2013-14 Adopted Budget
Real County adopted a 2016-17 property tax rate of 0.5288 per $100 of valuation. The Commissioners Court order adopting the 2016-17 property tax rate can be found here.
Real County's recent property tax rates are:
Real County does not impose any local sales tax, local hotel tax or other local taxes.
Annual Financial Reports
Real County has an annual audit of its financial performance done by an outside CPA team. The annual financial report prepared by that CPA team shows Real County's budgeted to actual revenue and expenses for that fiscal year, and demonstrates the extent to which the county has managed within the budget for that year.
Fiscal Year 2014-15 Financial Report
Fiscal Year 2013-14 Financial Report
Fiscal Year 2012-13 Financial Report
Check Registers & Payroll Disbursements
The check register shows the date, payee and amount of expenses paid by Real County in a particular month or year.
Fiscal Year 2015-16 Check Register
Fiscal Year 2014-15 Check Register
Fiscal Year 2013-14 Check Register
Payroll disbursement schedules show the payroll, withholding and payroll taxes, and benefits paid by Real County in a particular period.
Visual Representation of Financial Data
Charts depicting Real County's projected revenues and expenses for Fiscal Year 2016-17 can be found here.
Real County has no current bond debt or other outstanding debt in lieu of bond. The Real County Judge has signed a pledge to post, on the county's website, information about any proposed bond package(s)
and existing debt and provide the Comptroller’s office with a link to this information no later than one business day after the public notice of the bond election. The pledge can be found here.
The Texas Comptroller's website about transparency in government, including local debt, is at TexasTransparency.org. This website is a one-stop source to collect all available information on local
government finances in our state, including the existing and proposed debt of cities, counties, school
and hospital districts and hundreds of special-purpose districts throughout Texas.
County Contact Information
The main physical address for Real County is the Real County Courthouse at 146 Highway 83 South, Leakey, TX 78873.
The main mailing address for Real County is the office of the Real County Judge at P.O. Box 446, Leakey, TX 78873.
The main telephone number for Real County is the office of the Real County Judge at (830) 232-5304.
Contact Information For Elected Officials
Real County Judge Garry Merritt can be reached by telephone at (830) 232-5304.
Real County Precinct 1 Commissioner Manuel Rubio can be reached by telephone at (830) 232-6623.
Real County Precinct 2 Commissioner Bryan Shackleford can be reached by telephone at (830) 232-5756.
Real County Precinct 3 Commissioner Gene Buckner can be reached by telephone at (210) 241-5241.
Real County Precinct 4 Commissioner Joe Connell can be reached by telephone at (830) 597-5159.
Public Information Requests
Texas Government Code, Chapter 552, gives you the right to access government records. All government information is presumed to be available to the public, although certain exceptions may apply to the disclosure of the information. The law requires governmental bodies to release requested information that is not confidential by law, either constitutional, statutory, or by judicial decision, or information for which an exception to disclosure has not been sought.
1. Submit a request by mail, fax, email or in person. A request by mail can be mailed to P.O. Box 446, Leakey, TX 78873. A request by fax can be sent to (830) 232-6040. A request in person can be hand delivered to the office of the Real County Judge at the Real County Courthouse at 146 Highway 83 South in Leakey, TX.
2. Include enough description and detail about the information requested to enable the public information officer to accurately identify and locate the information requested.
3. Cooperate with the public information officer's reasonable efforts to clarify the type or amount of information requested.
Cost of records: Real County charges $0.10 per page for 8 ½ x 11 size copies. Charges for non-standard copies will be at a higher cost depending on size and format. The charge for labor costs incurred in processing a request for public information is $15 an hour. The labor charge includes the actual time to locate, compile, manipulate data, and reproduce the requested information. A labor charge will not be billed in connection with complying with requests that are for 50 or fewer pages of paper. Real County will give you an estimate of charges before the work is undertaken. You must respond to any written estimate of charges within 10 days of the date Real County sent it or the request is considered automatically withdrawn. If estimated costs exceed $100.00, Real County may require a bond, prepayment or deposit