Welcome to Temple!
We are excited you chose Temple to be your new home. We hope you take advantage of the beautiful parks, community events, recreational activities, local shopping and fine dining Temple has to offer. Temple was ranked by the Council for Community and Economic Research as having one of the lowest cost of livings in a metro area in the nation.
Residential water, wastewater (sewer), garbage collection and curbside recycling services are provided through the City. Temple residents also benefit from many other environmental services and programs, such as document shredding and household hazardous waste and more. Go to Environmental Programs to learn more.
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The City of Temple is serviced by four independent public school districts. These districts operate independently from the City of Temple, guided by their own administrations and funded by their own taxes. Students are zoned for a particular district based on their address.
Depending on the subdivision in which you live, there may be a neighborhood association which can be either an informal group of individuals who get together to socialize or are formed for more formal purposes as defined by deed restrictions or to maintain agreements between the home owners and developers. Please ask your realtor for more information.
City services that have a direct impact on the public include Police, Fire, Library, Parks and Recreation, Public Works, Planning, Permits, Water (Utility) Billing, and Municipal Court. Other departments in the city include City Manager's Office, Finance, Human Resources, and Purchasing. Code Compliance is a division of Transform Temple. Animal Control is a division of the Police Department.
In most cases, the city provides services only to those located within the city limits of Temple. Postal addresses do not reflect city residency. If you are unclear as to residency, you should check with your realtor, the county tax office (254-939-3521) or the City’s Planning Department (254-298-5668).
If you have a burglar or fire alarm system, the City of Temple requires an alarm permit that must be renewed annually.
County government has limited responsibility within the city limits. Its responsibilities are defined by state government. Temple is located in Bell County.
If you find that you do not live within the city limits of Temple, you will most likely be in Bell County. Bell County provides police safety for city non-residents through the Sheriff’s office, some human services, county road and bridge maintenance, and the County Court system. The County maintains records for marriage, divorce, births and deaths. Visit the Bell County website for more county services. County Commissioners are elected by precinct and the elections are based on party affiliation.
For the non-resident, fire protection is provided by volunteer fire departments which have taxing authority. Water and sewer will be handled either through septic systems and wells on your property, or through a quasi-governmental entity called a “MUD”, or municipal utility district, not affiliated with any city government. MUD responsibilities are defined by state law. The MUD is governed by a board elected by the residents served by the MUD. In some areas of the county, water and electrical may be provided by a neighboring city.
The City is represented by Dawn Buckingham (District 24) in the Texas State Senate and Hugh Shine in the House of Representatives (District 55). To determine your precincts, you can either register to vote (the numbers are on the voter’s registration card) or call 254-933-5774.
What’s Going On
Though not comprehensive, the City does provide a calendar of events. Government meetings, community-wide events, and neighborhood activities are listed on this page. Also, visit the Temple Convention and Visitor’s Bureau’s website for area attractions, shopping, meeting facilities and more.