City Government

City Government


Form of City Government: Council-Manager
Mayor: John Thomaides

City Council Members:
  • Lisa Prewitt
  • Saul Gonzales
  • Ed Mihalkanin
  • Jane Hughson
  • Scott Gregson
  • Melissa Derrick
City Manager: Charles Daniels (Interim) 

City Employees: 670

Financial Information


Assessed Property Values: $4.1 billion
2016 - 2017 Municipal Budget: $193.8 million

Property Tax Rates


City of San Marcos: $0.5302/ $100 valuation
Hays CISD: $1.4613/ $100 valuation
Hays County: $0.4251/ $100 valuation
San Marcos CISD: $1.3500/ $100 valuation

Other Taxes


City Sales Tax Rate: 1.5% (With county and state tax, total is 8.25%)
City Hotel / Motel Room Tax Rate: 9% (with state tax, total is 15%)
2013 Average Home Tax Value: $122,346

2013 Total Building Permit Values: $235,940,463 (January 1 - August 21, 2013)

Education & Recreation


Parkland: 1,700 Acres of Parkland and Open Space

2015 Enrollment Texas State University: 36,000 (estimate)

Celebrated Places: Texas State University, Edwards Aquifer-Fed Spring Lake and San Marcos River, Rio Vista Falls, Purgatory Creek Natural Area, Spring Lake Natural Area, San Marcos Conference Center / Embassy Suites Hotel, Premium Outlets and Tanger Outlet Mall, the River Walk, Hays County Courthouse Historic Square, Wonder World, LBJ Museum of San Marcos, The Calaboose Museum, Eddie Durham Park, Historic Residential Areas, Children's Park, Juan Veramendi Plaza with Charles S Cock House Museum and Merriman Cabin, Commemorative Air Force Museum, and 1,700 acres of natural greenspace / wilderness.