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Although a big percentage of the constable’s duties consist of the enforcement of civil law, judicial security, and warrants; the constables are well trained and prepared to handle any situation which might arise involving any breach of the peace.
You may look at the Bexar County Precinct Locator to locate the correct Constable Precinct.
The five-member Bexar County Commissioners Court governs Bexar County. Commissioners Court consists of the elected County Judge and four elected precinct Commissioners. The County Judge serves as the presiding officer of Commissioners Court and the spokesperson and ceremonial head of Bexar County government.
Despite its name, Commissioners Court is not a judicial court. Rather, its responsibilities are executive and administrative. The Court´s major duties include:
(1) Answer adapted from An Introduction to Texas County Government, 1980, by the Texas Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations.
You may do ONE of the following:
For complete details, download this document: "The Application Process: What you need to know"
Our funding source requires you to apply for help when you need help. Your income will be calculated to determine if you still meet income eligibility based on federal income guidelines. Further, the program may have new requirements for a household to meet in order to receive assistance.
First: Is their an elderly, disabled or small child (age 5 & younger) listed in their application? Second: Is the household in danger of disconnection? Third: Does the household have a high energy burden? This means the bills they are being charged are higher than what their gross income can pay.
Once we gather all this information, then we can begin processing an application. Some applications will take a little longer to process if you do not meet the prioritization for immediate assistance. All in all, your application will get processed we ask for your patience while we serve the most in need first.
Yes, they contributed to using the electric and/or natural gas in the home. You will need to add them to your application and tell us the amount of income they received within the past 30 days and when they left your home on the Declaration of Income Statement.
Yes, if that person is a member of your household. If that person is not a memberof the household then the applicant must be listed as a secondary account holder andresponsible for payment on the account.
Yes, you can apply, however, if proof is not submitted, we will have to deny yourcase. Proof of U.S. Citizenship status is a federal requirement, without this verification, wecannot release funding.
Yes. Our funding source requires a new application and submission of documentation each year.
Once your application has been reviewed and you are determined eligible, you willreceive a ‘NOTICE OF ELIGIBILITY’ letter. This letter will outline the program you areeligible for and the amount(s) of assistance you qualified for.
We are limited to only paying a households’ electric and/or natural gas charges. Anyremaining balance, once our pledge has gone through, will be your responsibility.
You may call our main line at (210) 335-3666 to check the status. You may alsocontact CPS Energy to request an extension on your account.
Please contact CPS Energy for arrangements or contact United Way at 211 to seek assistance during our processing period.
Please allow us, at least, a 2 week time frame to process your application. Your application must go through certification process.
You will receive a letter explaining why your application was DENIED.
You have 20 days from the date of your Notice of Denial to submit your missingdocuments to Bexar County. Your case will be closed after this period. If the case is closedyou can reapply but you will need to start the process all over again by requesting a secondapplication.
You can all United Way at 2-1-1 for a listing of agencies that may be able to help and/or call CPS Energy at (210) 353-2222 to make arrangements on your account.
110.1.1 Unsafe conditions. Structures or existing equipment that are or hereafter become unsafe or deficient because of inadequate means of egress or which constitute a fire hazard, or are otherwise dangerous to human life or the public welfare, or which involve illegal or improper occupancy or inadequate maintenance, shall be deemed an unsafe condition. A vacant structure that is not secured against unauthorized entry as required by Section 311 shall be deemed unsafe.
You must obtain a Certificate of Change of Occupancy. In order to get this certificate, you must call the Fire Marshal's Office and schedule a Fire Inspection for Change of Occupancy. An inspection is required because buildings are built based on the contents or operations to be performed inside the building. When the occupancy changes, the Fire Inspector has to check to make sure the fire protection related construction features of the building are consistent with the new occupancy and its contents and operations. You will be advised at the time if additional fire protection systems or fire resistive construction must be added based on your operations. The fee for the inspection is $150.00, and must be paid at the time of the inspection. This fee also covers the cost of one (1) reinspection. The Inspector will collect this fee on-site, and will give you a written receipt for the payment. If the building is found to meet the fire code for your occupancy requirements, the Certificate of Change of Occupancy will be mailed to you. If the building does not meet the specific Fire Code requirements, the Inspector will provide you with information on how to proceed from that point, and who to contact.
The most important thing you can do when you enter a building is to find and know the ways out! During an emergency event, the way that you came in may not be the best way to leave! If you and your loved ones are going to survive an emergency, it is critical that you remain calm and have a "EXIT strategy" in place.
To meet the annual requirements, an Application for Registered Operation must be completely filled out, and submitted to the Bexar County Fire Marshal’s Office along with the fee listed on the application. Once the Fire Inspector has completed your inspection and all violations, if any, have been corrected, you will be given a sticker with an individual number that is assigned to your facility, and the year that the sticker was awarded.
To meet the annual requirements, an Application for Registered Operation must be completely filled out, and submitted to the Bexar County Fire Marshal’s Office along with the fee listed on the application. Once the Fire Inspector has completed your inspection and all violations, if any, have been corrected, you will be given a sticker with an individual number that is assigned to your facility, and the year that the sticker was awarded will be punched.
Additionally, the Bexar County Commissioners Court Order authorizing the Adoption and Enforcement of the Fire Code provides that a "Multi-Family Dwelling" means any residential structure consisting of four (4) or more residential dwelling units. A dwelling unit is any single unit providing complete, independent living facilities for one or more persons, including permanent provisions for living, sleeping, eating, cooking and sanitation. 233.062(a)(3)
-Renewal of permits that have not expired – these permits may be renewed by paying the permit and inspection fee only for each permit issued.-Renewal of permits that have expired – these permits are no longer valid, and the project must be resubmitted as a new project, subject to a new plan review and all applicable fees will be required.
Additionally, the County will not conduct a residential construction inspection once the building has been completed due to the amount of damage that would be required in order to inspect structural elements, electrical wiring, heating systems, and gas lines (if installed).
If you need additional documentation concerning this issue, please see the Residential Permitting & Certificates Compliance.
In the unincorporated areas of the County (any area not within a municipal city limits) there are no zoning regulations. However, there may be other development regulations that apply to the property. For example, an On-Site Sewer System permit may be required if there is no developed sewer system available. If the property to be constructed on has not been platted, BCFMO must have an Authorization to Issue Permit form completed by Public Works and returned with the permit application. Before any construction work is begun, you must contact Bexar County Infrastructure Services to check on any other regulations that may apply to the property. Makes sure to look at their FAQs!
A Public Defender is a lawyer who works for the Public Defender's Office. You may be appointed a lawyer to represent you in your criminal case if you do not have enough money to hire one. The lawyer who is appointed to your case may work for the Public Defender's Office or may be a private attorney appointed to you by the court.
The first step is to ask for one. When you were first arrested the judge asked you if you wanted to be interviewed for a court appointed lawyer. If you answered "yes" you should have been interviewed to determine if you qualified for one. Even if you answered "no", you have the right to request a court appointed lawyer at any time.
If you give us your written permission to share information with your family, we will do so. However, please know that any information you ask us to share with anyone will not be protected by the attorney-client privilege and that person can be forced to testify about that information in court.
Please visit CivCastUSA to see all available construction bids for Bexar County
To get on the County's Supplier List, please visit the Supplier Portal/Vendor Registration page. Click the Register link on the home page. Accept our terms and conditions and click Continue. Add your information and click Continue through the registration pages. You must provide information about yourself and your company at a minimum. Please ensure to add information such as diversity codes, commodity codes, and so on. Click Continue through the registration pages until you reach the Registration Status: Complete. Click Done. The next time after registration that you and other Supplier Contacts log in, you will be prompted to answer some questions. Your answers will be used to verify your identity later, if you ever forget your password.
These abbreviations refer to various types of events that are used, depending on the type of purchase and are defined below:
Please visit the Magistrate’s Office Search Website to see who has been arrested for an offense of Class B or higher, and were processed by the Central Magistrate Office within the last 24 hours.
If the individual has been charged with a:
A list of licensed bail bond companies can be found on the Bail Bond Board Website.
Please Note: It is the right and the responsibility of the individual to verify current license status of any Surety Company they may decide to enter into business with.
This information is made available from the Central Magistrate’s Office, online at http://apps.bexar.org/CMAGSearchList/.
You may also be able to find this information by calling:
The Central Magistrate's Office's Phone Number is 210-335-6111
Release times vary based on a number of factors.
The inmate will be advised when he or she is going to be released, so waiting for a phone call from the inmate is the best way to find this information.
To visit inmates, you must have permission to see them by being on their visitation lists. Inmates make the decision as to who is, and who isn’t, on their visitation list. If you are on the list, you may find more information regarding inmate visiting hours at http://www.bexar.org/729/Detainee-Visitation-Information
Inmates are allowed to provide the names of five individuals per week who are allowed to visit them. Inmates make the decision as to who is, and who isn’t, on their visitation list. If your name is not on the list, you will not be allowed to visit the inmate. If you wish to be added to the inmate’s visitation list, you must ask the inmate to add your name.
This information can be found on our website at http://www.bexar.org/739/iCare-Packages-Mailings
You can check with the Bexar County Central Magistrate’s Office online by clicking on http://apps.bexar.org/CMAGSearchList/. This site will display individuals who have been recently arrested. You may also call the Magistrate’s Office at 210-335-6111
If you're looking for information on a local, Bexar County warrant, some of this information is available online. Warrants for driving while intoxicated (DWI) or family violence that are misdemeanors can be found by searching online at the Bexar County Clerk’s Office at http://apps.bexar.org/cc/fugitive/, or calling 210-335-2216. For information about outstanding cases, if the charge is a misdemeanor, you can search online at the Bexar County Clerk’s Office at http://www.bexar.org/cc/records.html or call 210-335-2216. If the charge is a felony, you can search online at the Bexar County District Court’s Office at http://www.bexar.org/dc/dcrecords.html, or call 210-335-2591
These are the most common reasons mail is rejected/returned to sender, but not an all-inclusive list:
If there was more than six (6) photos in an envelope, to include photo collages (more than one (1) photo on a sheet), it will be returned to sender. No photos of hand gang signs, gestures, tattoos, or tattoo art. Children in photos must be fully clothed. No nude/partially nude/sexually explicit photographs of any type.
We do not accept Amazon deliveries from Amazon Logistics (in-house contractor) because they do not have a return policy. All Amazon Logistics returns are not kept track of, as they are rejected at the door. Any other delivery method is fine (USPS, UPS, FedEx).
All books must be paperback. Hardback, leather-bound, or spiral-bound are not allowed.
All inmates are allowed a maximum of three (3) books per week. Any books received that are in excess of the allowable limit will be returned to sender.
Inmates can receive books from established book stores (Barnes & Noble, Thriftbooks, Books-a-Million), as long as they are shipped direct from them. They can also receive books from publishers as well. Also, we do not accept from third-party vendors (selling through Amazon Marketplace, etc.).
We deliver all mail daily as we receive it from the post office. If we do not receive it from the post office, we cannot deliver it as we do not have it in our possession. We do not and cannot control the US Postal Service transit time of mail.
All certified checks/money orders that are sent to the mailroom address (200 N. Comal), will be returned to sender.
These must be sent to the Inmate Trust Fund address:
Inmate Trust FundP.O. Box 831609San Antonio, Texas 78283-1609
The first floor of the Paul Elizondo Tower (101 West Nueva Street), San Antonio Texas
The fee is $14.00 for one owner and $0.50 for each additional owner. The assumed name certificate is valid for ten years.
Before venturing to the courthouse, the following information is needed to file the assumed business name certificate:
The County Clerk's Office provides the assumed business name certificate on location or via the website at https://gov.kofiletech.us/TX-Bexar/. The certificate must be filled out in its entirety, signed by the owner(s), and notarized. After the certificate is completed you may come to County Clerk's office at the courthouse or mail in the original certificate with the filing fee to: Bexar County Clerk100 Dolorosa, Suite 104San Antonio, TX 78205 The County Clerk's Office keeps the original assumed name certificate. If a copy is needed, the fee is $2.00 for a plain copy and $7.00 for a certified copy.
*If you file a complaint on the case with the District Attorney's Bad Check Division, you will be required to swear that the person who stood before you was the same person whose ID number you recorded.
Since April 2001, Commissioners Court has established a Small, Minority and Women Owned Business Enterprise (SMWBE) Program with participation targets of 20% for Minority, and/or Woman-owned Business Enterprises (MWBE) and/or a minimum of 30% for Small Business Enterprises (SBE). Procurement and contracting dollars spent with a MWBE that also is a SBE will be counted in both categories.
The SMWBE Program was created to ensure small, minority, and women-owned businesses a fair opportunity to compete on the County’s contracts. Similarly, the County promotes SMWBE participation in its Tax Phase-in Program, and with its funded entities and facilities to support the growth and diversity of a regional economy.
The success of the SMWBE Program depends on cooperation of 48 County offices and departments. It focuses on the purchasing, scope of work and data collection processes that are, of necessity, highly variable because the scope of items and purchasing authority by the County is so varied.
These policies will be administered in compliance with procurement law to include:
Standards;I. Civil Practice and Remedies Code §106.001 (Non-Discrimination)II. Chapter 262, Texas Local Government Code, (Purchasing and Contracting Authority of Counties)III. Chapter 271, Texas Local Government Code (Purchasing and Contracting Authority of Municipalities, Counties and Certain other Local Governments)IV. Government Code Chapter 2251 (Prompt Payment)V. Health & Safety Code §361.426 (Recycled Product Preferences)VI. Chapter 2252, Texas Government Code (Contracts with Government)VII. Chapter 2254, Texas Government Code (Professional Services)VIII. Chapter 2269, Contracting and Delivery Procedures for Construction Projects andIX. Chapter 2157, Texas Government Code (Purchasing: Purchasing of Automated Information SystemsX. Local Government Code Chapter 140.003 (Specialized Local Entities)XI. Texas Constitution Article 3 §44XII. National Institute of Governmental Purchasers (NIGP): The Institute for Public ProcurementXIII. Bexar County Tax Abatement Guidelines
Bexar CountyCommissioners Court Policies:I. 08.0 Small, Minority, and Women-Owned Business Enterprise (SMWBE) ProgramII. 08.1 Purchasing Policy and Procedures: detailed procedures for applying this policy and applicable forms are found in the Bexar County Purchasing Manual dated July 2017, as amended.III. 08.2 Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) PolicyIV. County Manager’s SMWBE Policy
Auditor Policies: I. 02.01 C.1 HANDLING OF BEXAR COUNTY CONTRACTSII. 07.5 P.5 PURCHASING CARDSIII. 10.0 100 FORM 100 - REQUEST FOR PAYMENTIV. 10.0 501 FORM 501 - CONTRACT CHECKLIST
For the purposes of this policy:
The best management practices employed by the County consist of implementation of an aggressive tracking and monitoring system and progressive SMWBE outreach activities and mentoring services. The County’s strategies are designed to deliver innovative solutions to increase the effectiveness of its Program. The standard benchmark regarding the effectiveness of SMWBE Programs is to increase both the dollar amount and percentage of services and supplies the agency procures from SMWBE.The County will continue to foster its best management practices and further build the capacity of SMWBE in its market area as follows:
Bexar County Offices, Departments, Funded Entities and Facilities will actively seek and encourage SMWBE to participate in all facets of the procurement process by:
Certification retains the SMWBE program integrity and optimizes SMWBE participation in Bexar County contracting through an evaluation process.
(a) COMMODITIES, EQUIPMENT, MAINTENANCE, CONSTRUCTION AND SERVICES
(b) PROFESSIONAL AND PERSONAL SERVICES
For those vendors that experience difficulty in locating certified SMWBE, a list or access to online database (which is exportable at no cost to the vendor) will be provided to the vendor by the Bexar County Small Business and Entrepreneurship Department.
In order for the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Department to supply the list, vendors must provide the following in regards to the project:
Documentation of efforts to solicit quotes, bids and/or proposals from SMWBE shall be part of the procurement record and consist of the following actions.
Database Record of Solicitation (Informal Quote, IFB, RFP, SOQ or RFQ):
Database Record of Contract Award:
Audit of database records:
In order to fully implement the intent and goals of this policy, the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Department is designated the office responsible for the implementation, monitoring, and general operations of the SMWBE policy requirements. In addition, all County offices, funded entities and facilities are required to identify a liaison to assure compliance with the County’s goals and to coordinate with the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Department. The Small Business and Entrepreneurship Department shall be responsible for the overall administration of the County’s SMWBE Program.
1. The Small Business and Entrepreneurship Department:
2. The Purchasing Department:
3. The County Auditor:
4. County departments, offices, funded entities and facilities are encouraged to take steps necessary to implement the following:
It is the policy of Bexar County that employees engaged in the process of making purchases on behalf of the County will make an effort to meet the County’s SMWBE Participation Targets of 20% for Minority, and/or Woman-owned Business Enterprises (MWBE) and/or a minimum of 30% for Small Business Enterprises (SBE). Procurement and contracting dollars spent with a MWBE that also is a SBE will be counted in both categories in the following areas:
County employees (or designated staff) making purchases on behalf of the County will participate in an educational and training programs implemented by the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Department and Purchasing Department, which will be available to all county offices, facilities and funded entities. The training program will include the following information.
1. SMWBE provisions defined in this policy may not apply in the following circumstances:
2. Purchasing Agent and the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Department may waive SMWBE policy only upon the written approval, except in condition (1.) above. Emergencies will be approved by the Purchasing Agent or designee only, and will be appropriately documented in applicable contract files. All request for waivers are presented to Commissioners Court for final approval.
The intentional misrepresentation of facts by a vendor may result in rejection of future bids or proposals.
Bexar County maintains a process by which a vendor or any other interested party may request information regarding a solicitation or contract award. A vendor or any other interested party shall submit a request (depending on the type and scope of the request or as required by law) by contacting the County Purchasing Agent or the County Small Business and Entrepreneurship Department Director.
April 10, 2001
April 23, 2002 (revised)
May 21, 2002 (revised)
July 15, 2003 (revised)
August 24, 2004 (revised)
September 12, 2017
Bexar County is committed to increasing the involvement of SMWBE in its procurement process. Similarly, the County promotes SMWBE participation in its Tax Phase-in Program to support the growth and diversity of a regional economy.
The Commissioners Court established SMWBE Participation Targets of a minimum of 20% of all procurement dollars in the areas of Commodities, Equipment, Services, Maintenance, Professional Services and Construction are spent with minority and women-owned business enterprises, and a minimum of 30% of those procurement dollars are spent with small business enterprises.
At this time, however, the SMWBE Program is limited to outreach and data collection because the County cannot award any points or set-asides for SMWBE in the procurement of goods or services unless it is to correct a documented disparity. Using this data, a report will be developed by the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Department, the Purchasing Department and the Auditor’s office to show expenditures by commodity code, department or office transaction and vendor payments. At any time the Court may consider contracting for the preparation of a study that will detail the availability of Bexar County SMWBE. If an availability study is obtained, it can be compared to the County’s efforts and purchasing history with SMWBE to determine if a disparity exists. Race Conscious and/or Race Neutral Remedies to correct any evidence of discrimination will be recommended to Commissioners Court for implementation by the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Department.
Download Attachment B - SMWBE Program Report
SMWBE Program Report:
Each section shall reflect the following information:
Section 1: Number of purchases, percent of purchases, total dollars and percent of total dollars.
Section 2: Total number of purchases and total dollars of purchases allocated for SBE, MBE and WBE vendor categories.
Section 3: Awards from 0 – $5,000, $5,001 - $49,999 and over $50,000 for SBE, MBE, WBE, SMWBE, Certified, Identified, Black, Hispanic, Native American, Multi-Ethnic, Other, Pacific Asian, Sub-continent Asian, White, Veteran, Disabled, VBE and LGBTE vendor categories.
SMWBE Participation Report:
B. Prime Report
C. Sub-Contractors, Sub-Suppliers, and Sub-Consultants Report
Download Attachment C - Bexar County Purchasing Department Vendor Registration Form
Thank you for your interest in doing business with Bexar County. The Bexar County Purchasing Department encourages and seeks the participation of vendors to provide quality goods and services at competitive pricing.
Bexar County’s Online Supplier Portal facilitates the exchange of information between a buying organization and its suppliers. Benefits of the application include:
Self-service supplier registration and account maintenance
Vendors may identify multiple commodity codes for their business
Improved communication via messages, including support of electronic attachments
Capability to upload required documents
Accessibility to all pertinent data, at one internet site
Vendors may register online or complete the following information. This form must be submitted with each bid, proposal or quote. http://gov.bexar.org/purchasing/
Download Attachment C1200 - Bid Submittal Forms
Download SMWBE Contract Requirement (Word)
Form 1: List of All Subcontractors
Form 2: List of All Professional / Consulting Service Providers Sub-Firms
Form 3: List of All Suppliers
SMWBE Contract Requirement:
IFB, RFP, RFQ, SOQ, and all level contracts and pre bid agenda language for County SMWBE Requirement
Bexar County is committed to increasing the involvement of Small, Minority, and Women Owned Business Enterprises (SMWBE) in its procurement process. Similarly, the County promotes SMWBE participation in its Tax Phase-in Program to support the growth and diversity of a regional economy.
The Commissioners Court established a Participation Target of a minimum of 20% of all procurement dollars in the areas of Commodities, Equipment, Services, Maintenance, Professional Services and Construction are spent with minority and women-owned business enterprises, and/or a minimum of 30% of those procurement dollars are spent with small business enterprises. Expenditures with a Minority, Women Owned Business Enterprise (MWBE) that is also a Small Business Enterprise (SBE) will be counted in both categories.
SMWBE participation is highly encouraged. The Participation Targets are not included in the evaluation of bids or proposals for awards.
SMWBE for the purpose of this policy are those companies with a certification designation from an authorized certification agency as a woman, small or a minority group certification, such as a Historically Underutilized Business (HUB), or Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE), or Minority Business Enterprise (MBE), or Women Owned Business Enterprise (WBE), or Small Business Enterprise (SBE), or African American Business Enterprise (AABE), or Asian American Business Enterprise (ABE), or Disabled Individual Business Enterprise (DIBE), or Emerging Small Business Enterprise (ESBE), or Hispanic American Business Enterprise (HABE), or Native American Business Enterprise (NABE), or Veteran Business Enterprise (VBE) or Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, or Transgender Business Enterprise (LGBTBE) recognized and approved by Bexar County Commissioners Court. Bexar County accepts all verifiable certificates from any bonafide certification agency.
Certification means a designation as a HUB, DBE, SBE, MBE, VBE, WBE or LGBTBE awarded by any authorized agency that a company is a for-profit independent operating business that is at least 51% owned operated and controlled by minority person(s) and/or a woman. The ownership by minorities and women must be real and substantial.
Auditing and Compliance: All vendors receiving awards for Goods, Commodities, Services, Construction or Professional Services must provide ownership and amount information for all sub-contractors, sub-suppliers, and sub-consultants to be engaged before or during the term of award. (BID SUBMITTAL FORMS C1200)
During the term of the contract, the awarded contractor must submit accurate progress payment information, to include payments made to its Sub-Contractor(s), Sub-Supplier (s) or Sub-Consultant(s), with each invoice submitted to the County for payment.
In addition, the Contractor and its Sub-Contractor(s) Sub-Supplier(s) or Sub-Consultant(s) must utilize the contract management software Contract and Diversity Management System (CDMS) (procured by Bexar County and available at https://bexar.smwbe.com/) to report all payments made and received. Payments shall be audited at least monthly for participation and accuracy by County staff or a designated representative of the County. All such related source documents upon which payment is based shall be made a matter of record.
The Contract and Diversity Management System (CDMS) is a web-based paperless system that Prime vendors shall use to report sub-contracting, sub-supplier or sub-consultant payments made to SMWBE for any sub-contracting, sub-suppliers, sub-consultant performance.
The SMWBE Program staff will verify payments and seek to resolve any disputes. Staff provides training and education for all prime and sub-vendors.
For questions or more information, please contact:
Small Business & Entrepreneurship Department
Paul Elizondo Tower
101 W Nueva, STE 112
San Antonio, Texas 78205
The Small, Minority and Women Owned Business Enterprise (SMWBE) Program Advisory Committee shall function only in an advisory capacity and shall make recommendations to the Commissioners Court on various issues and policies concerning and impacting the SMWBE Program and its activity.
SECTION 1: Composition, Appointment and Terms
SECTION 2: Meetings
The Chairman or at least five (5) members may call Emergency/Special meetings, with at least three (3) working days’ notice to all Advisory Committee members. The Small Business and Entrepreneurship Department shall give notice by the method of fax, e-mail, standard mail or telephone. A simple majority of the members will constitute a quorum of the membership. A two-thirds (2/3)-majority vote of the quorum is required for passage of any action that will be communicated to Commissioners Court.
* Simple majority is defined as a fifty percent (50%) plus one (1) of the members appointed and confirmed by Commissioners Court at the time of the meeting.
1. The Executive Committee will be composed of the Chair, Vice-Chair and Chair of each Subcommittee. Subcommittee recommendations are to be submitted to the Executive Committee, which will determine the action items and scheduling of the remaining subcommittee recommendations to be considered by the Advisory Committee monthly.
SECTION 3: Removal
The section for ATTENDANCE states the following:
The SMWBE Advisory Committee shall define the term “excused” of the attendance section of the policy as “being granted with at least 24 hours prior notice of absence to be provided to the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Department.”
SECTION 4: Functions
SECTION 5: Effective Date
April 10, 2001 approved
July 24, 2001 (revised)
October 9, 2001 (revised)
January 29, 2002 (revised)
March 25, 2003 (revised)
The purpose of this Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) is to outline the manner in which this committee will conduct business in General, Special or Emergency meetings and in all sub-committee meetings. It also defines the rules of the relationship between the Advisory Committee, sub-committees, and county departments.
These rules will be used in all meetings conducted by the SMWBE Program Advisory Committee and shall supersede all other rules. Where there is no rule in this SOP nor in the SMWBE Program Advisory Committee Guidelines of Bexar County Administrative Policy 8.0, then will Robert’s Rule of Order prevail.
Emergency or Special Meetings
For Emergency or Special meetings, the ten (10) days’ notice is waived and replaced with a three (3) days’ notice. The Small Business and Entrepreneurship Department shall give notice by fax, e-mail, standard mail or telephone. The meeting may be called by the Chair or at the request of at least five (5) members.
In order to conduct business, a simple majority of the membership shall constitute a quorum for all meetings. A simple majority of the sub-committee members will constitute a quorum. A simple majority is defined as fifty percent (50%) plus one (1) of the members appointed and confirmed by Commissioners Court at the time of the meeting. A quorum is not required to receive sub-committee or staff reports that require no action to be communicated to Commissioners Court. Should a quorum not be established, voting on committee reports or actions items may be conducted via e-mail, fax or mail; provided the necessary background information is given on the particular issue for communication to Commissioners Court. Members shall submit their votes to the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Department staff no later than 4 hours prior to the meeting for submission and recording of their absence.
Public posting of the SMWBE Program Advisory Committee or sub-committee meeting agenda is not required. However, the agenda will be sent to all members and any other individual or organization requesting notice of the meeting. An annual calendar of SMWBE Program Advisory Committee meetings shall be posted and maintained on the Bexar County web-site and in the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Department.
The Executive Committee shall set the General meeting agenda. Members may request that an item be placed on the agenda by calling the Chair, Vice Chair or any member of the Executive Committee or attending the Executive Committee meeting. The sub-committee agendas are set by the sub-committee Chairs.
Recommendations sent forward by sub-committees to the Executive Committee requiring action at the General Committee meeting will be by consensus. The Executive Committee shall forward the recommendations to the general membership for action. Any recommendations made by the Advisory Committee that require action by Commissioners Court, shall be sent forward by the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Department for consideration on the next Commissioners Court Agenda.
Role of the Officers:
Chair/Vice Chair/Sub-committee Chairs
The officers shall serve as the spokespersons for positions of the SMWBE Program Advisory Committee. The officers shall only present the committee’s position to Commissioners Court, the general public or media when making a recommendation on behalf of the Committee. Officers or members may not represent personal views or positions in any way that misrepresents the Committee or County’s position.
The Committee may consider the violation of this requirement and act to remove the officer and/or member from office and/or recommend to the Court removal of the member from the Committee by a two-thirds (2/3) vote at a general, special or emergency meeting. Any action will be reported at the next meeting of Commissioners Court.
All members shall abide by these Standard Operating Procedures once adopted by the SMWBE Program Advisory Committee.
These Standard Operating Procedures shall be reviewed at the first meeting of every new term. They shall be adopted, amended or repealed by two-thirds (2/3) vote of the quorum.
January 14, 2002 (adopted)
February 26, 2003 (revised)
This is the 17th year. December is the year end for SMWVBO and a time for planning the work flow and need for contracts for the following year. It is also the year end for corporations that have developed their budgets for the following year and are ready to start the business process. And, it is the first quarter for public entities that have budgets and are spending them.
It’s a forum for Small, Minority, Women and Veterans Business Owners (SMWVBO) to develop relationships, acquire knowledge and access opportunities that exist with public and private sector entities for the procurement of construction, professional services, goods and other services. It is also an opportunity to further enhance the knowledge of procurement staff of the availability and ability of firms with the desire to do business.
In 2006, an aggressive effort was added to outreach to the Veterans business owners. SMWBE Conference
A person who owns a business that is available and has the capacity to do business with the public and private sector.
A person who owns a business that is available, but needs help building the capacity to do business with the public and private sector.
A person who owns a business that is performing work in the private sector, but has not sought public sector opportunities (and vice versa).
A person who owns a business and needs help by getting technical or financial assistance.
A person who has the desire to start a business and would like to be prepared, know what opportunities and assistance exist.
A person why may be working a day job, but would like to start a business one day in the future.
A person who would like to network with other business owners, public and private sector staff, and leaders, to enhance their development and overall quality of life. SMWBE Conference
Visit the Bexar County Clerk’s office at the Bexar County Paul Elizondo Tower, next to the Courthouse to register the business name, 1st floor 101 W. Nueva (Notary public onsite) Call them at (210) 335-2216 or visit them on the web at https://gov.kofiletech.us/TX-Bexar/. Copies of misplaced certificates can be obtained.
IRS San Antonio8626 Tesoro Drive, San Antonio, TX 78217210.841.2090 IRS San Antonio EIN Information
Texas State Comptroller offices are located in San Antonio or contacted at Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts Field Office - San Antonio Northeast Taxpayer Services and Collections 3300 Nacogdoches Road, Suite 105 San Antonio, Texas 78217-3373 (210) 646-0399 Field Office - San Antonio Northwest Taxpayer Services and Collections 9514 Console Drive, Suite 102 San Antonio, Texas 78229-2042 (210) 616-0067 Field Office - San Antonio Southwest Taxpayer Services and Collections 123 Southwest Military Drive San Antonio, Texas 78221-1613 (210) 924-6434
The City of San Antonio Development Services Department at 1901 S. Alamo St. is a one stop shop for required permits, licenses, zoning, and certificates to operate a business in San Antonio. Businesses located in unincorporated areas of Bexar County need to contact Bexar County Public Works at (210) 335-6700 or visit 233 N. Pecos, Suite 420, San Antonio, Texas 78205 Businesses located in surrounding Bexar County cities listed below need to contact the city offices for the following entities to obtain required permits:
(Note: for further details on home based businesses please make sure to contact your local entity).
SCORE Counselors to America's Small Business Volunteers provide professional guidance and information to maximize the success of America's existing and emerging small businesses. Additional contact information can be found at San Antonio SCORE or 210.403.5931. UTSA Institute of Economic Development
For local micro-lending institutions or start up loans please contact:
LiftFund at LiftFund or 888.215.2373Small Business Administration at the Small Business Administration Website or 210.403.5931
Information about community grants is available from the San Antonio Area Foundation at http://www.saafdn.org/ or 210.225.2243
Visit the Bexar County Purchasing Website and go to the Supplier Portal Registration and follow the steps listed. You can contact the Purchasing Department at 210.335.2211.
No. Make sure you register on-line to do business with the Bexar County Supplier Portal to receive solicitations to compete for Bexar County Contracts.
Exemptions reduce the market value of your property. This lowers your tax obligation. Some of these exemptions are:
Some jurisdictions have limitations of taxes on homesteads of the elderly or disabled. These are commonly called "tax freezes." Taxes are limited to the amount paid on the homestead in the qualifying year plus the value of any additions to the property made after the qualifying year.
These limitations currently exist for all school districts. The limitation is also effective for the Flood Control Fund, Alamo Community College, Bexar County, City of San Antonio, Shavano Park, Leon Valley, and Live Oak.
You may defer or postpone paying taxes on your homestead if you are 65 years of age or older or disabled for as long as you occupy the residence. A homeowner must file a deferral affidavit with the Bexar Appraisal District. The deferred status only postpones the liability and therefore does not cancel the tax obligation. Interest accrues at the rate of eight percent per year. Once a property owner no longer lives or owns the home, past taxes and deferred interest become due on the 181st day.
The chief appraiser is responsible for granting/denying exemption applications. A property owner or the owner's authorized agent must file the necessary application before May 1 of the tax year.
To apply for an exemption, call the Bexar Appraisal District at 210-224-2432. You may also contact their agency directly by email or visit their website to obtain the necessary forms. The exemption will be forwarded to the tax office as soon as the Appraisal District updates their records.
Failure to receive a tax statement does not affect the validity of the tax, penalty, interest, due date, the existence of a tax lien, or any procedure instituted to collect a tax. Please contact My Information Center at 210-335-2251 to request a duplicate tax statement or you can check your account status online.