Formed in 1968, this body consists of towns within 12 counties that voluntarily wish to be part of the AACOG.  Because membership is voluntary, not all towns within a county may be part of this group.  Currently, the counties involved are Atascosa, Bandera, Bexar, Comal, Frio, Gillespie, Guadalupe, Karnes, Kendall, Kerr, Medina and Wilson.  Its basic function is to unify public services within its membership and to try and eliminate duplication of these services.  While it has the authority to plan, assist local governments, and deliver public services, it does not have the power to tax or regulate its citizens.  State law requires that the council consist “primarily” of local elected officials.

Created in 2001 under Texas Senate Bill 342, RMA’s are the local transportation authority that can build, operate, and maintain toll roads along with other transportation projects. They also arrange for the sale of bonds for toll projects.  The Alamo version of the RMA’s Board of Directors consists of seven members, all of which are appointed and not elected by the public.  Of the seven, the Governor appoints the Chairman, two are appointed by the County Judge, and the other four are appointed by the four Bexar County Commissioners.  They report to the Bexar County Commissioners Court and to “other elected officials.”  

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