HOTCOG was originally established in 1966 and serves a wide geographic area covering Bosque, Falls, Freestone, Hill, Limestone and McLennan counties.
ESTABLISHED: May 1966
AREA: 5,611 sq. miles
POPULATION: 2000 Census 321,536
January 2005 – Estimated Census by Texas State Data Center 331,213
Bosque, Falls, Freestone, Hill, Limestone and McLennan counties.
About Regional Councils
Regional councils, by law, are political subdivisions of the state; with authority to plan and initiate needed cooperative projects, but does not have powers to regulate or tax, which are exclusively assigned to cities and counties. As any other political subdivision, regional councils must abide by laws governing open meetings, open records and the conduct of public officials. HOTCOG is also required to obtain an annual audit to assure accountability of public funds.
The Council of Governments is financed through local, state and federal funds with state administered resources composing most of the $17.7 million budget. Local funds are provided by dues paid from member governments. Members are assessed dues based on their political identity and population. It was necessary for the FY ’05 new year to increase dues by $.05 per capita due to decreased funding from the Governor’s office; this is the first increase in 36 years.