1. News & Announcements

  1. Police Lights

    Police Respond to Fatal Vehicle Accident Saturday

    Officers and medics provided immediate emergency care to the occupants at the scene. At this time, speed is expected to be a factor in the crash as well as a blown tire. Read on...
  2. Screenshot of Discovery Center Online Storefront

    Discovery Center Offers First Online Native Plant Sale

    On Saturday, May 23 at 10 a.m., the San Marcos Discovery Center is opening its brand-new online store to the public and offering curbside plant pickup. Read on...
  3. Photo of City Hall

    Council to Consider Projects for COVID-19 Response Funds

    The San Marcos City Council is seeking comments on proposed programs and projects to be added to the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)... Read on...
  4. San Marcos Fire Chief Les Stephens holding a test tube with a label.

    Hays Co Task Force Completes COVID Testing at Nursing Facilities

    On Friday, May 22, the Hays Co Task Force responsible for testing County nursing facilities will complete testing for all residents and employees across six facilities... Read on...
  5. San Marcos Police Department Seal

    UPDATE: Citizen Tip Credited for Hit and Run Arrest

    The suspect in a fatal hit and run accident in February turned himself in to authorities over the weekend after SMPD obtained a warrant for his arrest. Read on...
  6. SM Regional Animal Shelter front of building

    Petco Invests in COSM Animal Shelter During COVID-19

    “We are thrilled to accept this award and put it to good use continuing to offer a safe and compassionate space for local animals during this crisis,” Read on...
  7. Artist Rene Perez with Banners

    New Downtown Banners Feature Local Artist’s Work

    The City of San Marcos recently installed artist-designed banners throughout downtown as part of a placemaking initiative led by the Main Street Program. Read on...
  8. San Marcos Police Department Seal

    SMPD Evacuated Due to Auto Accident and Gas Leak

    At 8:53 p.m. on Tuesday, May 19, a San Marcos Police Officer suffered a medical issue while driving and crashed into a gas main and nearby manufacturing building.. Read on...
  9. Map of Park Opening Plans

    City River Parks Reopen Friday, Caution Still Advised

    Starting this Friday, May 22, the City of San Marcos will reopen riverfront parks to active recreation seven days a week. Park visitors are expected to use caution... Read on...
  10. Bobcat Blend Caged Trailer

    Got Leaves? Donate Them to Local Compost Initiative

    San Marcos residents can now divert leaves and grass clippings from the landfill by donating it to compost, with a convenient drop-off location open through June 12. Read on...
  11. City of San Marcos Seal

    Annual Memorial Day Ceremony Goes Virtual

    Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the City of San Marcos and local stakeholders will commemorate Memorial Day virtually with a video ceremony. Read on...
  12. Veterans Memorial

    City Offices Closed Memorial Day

    City of San Marcos staff working in municipal offices and virtually will observe a holiday on Monday, May 25 in honor of Memorial Day. Texas Disposal Systems will... Read on...
  13. Photo of City Hall

    Feedback Sought on Five-Year CDBG Plan

    The San Marcos City Council will hold two Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) virtual public hearings at their regular meeting on Tues., May 19, at 6 p.m. Read on...
  14. SMPD vehicle parked in front of SMPD Headquarters

    Certified Officers Invited to Join the SMPD Family

    The San Marcos Police Department is hosting an entrance exam for certified applicants on Saturday, June 6 that includes a potential $3,000 hiring incentive... Read on...
  15. San Marcos Police Department Seal

    Shooter Positively Identified & SMPD Officers Recovering

    The Texas Rangers have positively identified Jose Alfredo Perez DeLaCruz (DOB 01/13/1974) as the person who shot and killed Officer Justin Putnam and wounded... Read on...
  16. SM Regional Animal Shelter front of building

    Highest Live-Release Month Ever for San Marcos Animal Shelter

    San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter is celebrating the highest live-release month in its history with a 98.2% live-release outcome reported for the month of April. Read on...
  17. Kickoff survey logo

    Downtown Design Kickoff Survey Now Open for Response

    The City of San Marcos Planning and Development Services Department is seeking community input on downtown design through an online Kickoff Survey. Read on...
  18. Photo of bus interior with seats on either side, view from view of front to back

    “The Bus” Releases Upcoming Hopkins Detour Plan

    With the Hopkins Street improvements project moving into the construction phase, the City and CARTS are preparing public transit service detours to start as early as... Read on...
  19. Photo from Downtown San Marcos Park(ing) Day 2019 featuring chess table in parking spot with two peo

    City Adopts Temporary Downtown Parklet Program

    The City adopted a temporary parklet program in downtown San Marcos, allowing businesses to temporarily convert on-street parking spots into outdoor seating. Read on...
  20. Photo of train crossing over San Marcos River in Rio Vista Park

    City Accepting Applications for COVID-19 Response Funds

    The City is accepting qualified applications from for-profit entities, non-profit organizations, government agencies, and City departments for funding through... Read on...
  21. Photo of hand signing a document

    City Updates Non-Discrimination Policy

    Bids and proposals submitted to the City of San Marcos and contracts entered by the City of San Marcos must acknowledge their business does not discriminate.. Read on...
  22. City Seal

    HUD Allocates $425,261 in Covid-19 Funds to San Marcos

    The San Marcos City Council seeks comments on proposed amendments to the 2015-2019 Consolidated Plan incorporating the new $425,261 Community Development... Read on...
  23. Examples of Children&#39s Park Pickets with names

    Community Invited to Personalize Children’s Park Fence

    In honor of the second anniversary of the reopening of the remodeled, inclusive Children’s Park Playscape, the City of San Marcos is inviting community members... Read on...
  24. Hopkins Improvements Design mock-up featuring wider road, pedestrian access, and preserved heritage

    Hopkins Street Reconstruction Begins Monday, May 4

    The City of San Marcos will begin construction on the Hopkins Street Improvements Project from Bishop to Moore Streets on Monday, May 4... Read on...
  25. Clean Up Photo

    City to Resume Brush Drop Off, Community Clean Ups

    The City of San Marcos brush drop off and community cleanup for residential garbage customers will take place from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 13 and... Read on...
  26. Photo of the Downtown Square

    Phase 1 to Reopen Texas Businesses Starts May 1

    Testing will also be increased across the state in order to monitor public health as some restrictions are lifted. A helpful FAQ related to Executive Order (GA 18) is... Read on...
  27. Photo of hand-washing station at a construction jobsite

    City Continues Offering Inspections While Social Distancing

    The City of San Marcos continues to conduct inspections utilizing personal protective equipment and offering video inspections for applicable projects. Read on...
  28. Benefit flier with details about the event and a photo of Officer Beller

    BBQ Benefit Sunday for Injured Officer Paul Beller

    This Sunday, April 26, Tacos Flor Taco Stand at 15091 TX-123 HWY 123, is hosting a fundraiser for San Marcos Police Officer Paul Beller who was struck by a car... Read on...
  29. Photo of City Hall

    Mayor Orders Parks Remain Closed, Issues New Advisory

    Natural areas will remain open, but visitors to these areas must observe CDC recommendations on social distancing... Read on...
  30. City of San Marcos Seal

    Emergency Preparation Sales Tax Holiday Starts Soon

    Beginning at 12:01 a.m. on April 25, Texans may purchase qualifying items online or in-person during the 2020 Emergency Preparation Supplies Sales Tax Holiday. Read on...
  31. COVID Dashboard

    City, County Continue Updates to COVID-19 Dashboard

    The City of San Marcos and Hays County continue to update and add new features to the informational dashboard that was jointly launched in March.... Read on...
  32. LETTER ORDER from Governor Greg Abbott San Marcos Police Officer Justin Putnam death IMAGE 04-20-20

    Officers & Donation Updates; Abbott Orders Flags at Half-Staff

    ?Donation funds have been set up for the officers and their families, as well as for fallen Officer Putnam. Online donations can be made at... Read on...
  33. Officer Justin Putnam

    Fallen Hero Makes Final Trip Home Today at 3 p.m.

    The public is encouraged to pay respects to City of San Marcos Police Department hero Justin Putnam today as he is transported to Thomason Funeral Home... Read on...
  34. Officer Justin Putnam

    SMPD Mourns Putnam, Prays for Mueller & Stewart

    San Marcos Interim Police Chief Bob Officer Justin PutnamKlett provided additional details about the fatal shooting incident at Twin Lake Villas Apartments... Read on...
  35. San Marcos Police Department Seal

    SMPD Officer Killed, 2 Others Wounded Saturday Eve

    A man fatally shot a City of San Marcos police officer and wounded two others this evening at Twin Lake Villas Apartments. Police report that the suspect is deceased... Read on...
  36. Photos of a dog and a cat looking at camera

    Pets of the Week April 16, 2020

    This week’s featured pets from the San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter are Macy, a 5-year-old sweetheart, and Reggie, an 8-month-old cuddle bug. Learn more about both or any of our adorable adoptables. Read on...
  37. TXDOT Closure Map

    TxDOT to Close Segment of Hopkins for RR Crossing Work

    The Texas Department of Transportation will close a section of Hopkins Street between Cheatham Street and Thorpe Lane on Tuesday, April 21 from 8 a.m. to... Read on...
  38. Joel Torres MUGSHOT

    Highway Racing Causes Rollover, Serious Injuries

    On April 14, at 4:26 p.m., SMPD was dispatched to a major traffic collision involving a single vehicle that had rolled, ejecting a passenger, on the West Access of IH-35... Read on...
  39. City of San Marcos Seal

    Airport to Receive Funds Through Federal CARES Act

    The San Marcos Regional Airport will receive $157,000 in disaster relief funds administered by the FAA to support continuing airport operations in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read on...
  40. Photo of bluebonnets and poppies blooming at the CAF Hangar

    Remembrance Poppies, Bluebonnets Bloom at CAF

    A remembrance garden planted by the Keep San Marcos Beautiful program, with help from the Texas State Bobcat Track Team, is blooming at the Centex Wing... Read on...
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    Update on Successful City Program Alternatives

    The creative and quick implementation of two highly successful programs through the San Marcos Public Library and Parks and Recreation Department is likely to influence future work as the City seeks to implement “best practices” across their programming. Read on...
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    All City Parks, Trails, Natural Areas to Close Easter Weekend

    To continue to prevent the spread of COVID-19 Easter weekend, the City of San Marcos will close ALL parks, playscapes, natural areas, open spaces, and trails from 11 p.m., Friday, April 10, until early Monday morning, April 13. Read on...
  43. Blue bus parked outside a transit station in San Marcos, TX

    City Announces New Transit Adjustments Due to COVID-19

    The City’s transit system “The Bus” is currently operating from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Beginning Monday, April 13, “The Bus” will adjust operating hours to 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Read on...
  44. Canoe with large tank during Great Texas River Cleanup 2020

    Volunteers Keep Tons of Trash, Tires, Out of River

    About 600 volunteers from all walks of life picked up more than 16,000 pounds of trash during the 35th Annual Great Texas River Cleanup. Read on...
  45. San Marcos Municipal Court

    Municipal Court to Utilize Virtual Court Rooms

    With the public being asked to “Stay Home to Save Lives” and stop the spread of the COVID-19, the City of San Marcos Municipal Court will incorporate new tools... Read on...
  46. Photo of City Hall

    CARES Act Allocates Over $6M in Funds to San Marcos

    City of San Marcos will receive $6,429,168 in disaster relief funds for public transit expenses from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and $425,281 in... Read on...
  47. City of San Marcos Seal

    Public Sanitizing Stations Scheduled for Install in City

    The City of San Marcos is establishing a short-term strategy to grant equitable access to personal hygiene needs for the general public... Read on...
  48. Keep San Marcos Beautiful logo

    Keep San Marcos Beautiful Wins Statewide Recognition

    Keep San Marcos Beautiful was recognized for educational outreach efforts made on behalf of the Resource Recovery program, litter cleanups and sustainability... Read on...
  49. Diesel and Carson Wells are Pets of the Week

    San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter ‘Pets of the Week’ April 3

    Our need remains great to find immediate fosters and adopters for our shelter pets. Adoptions and fosters can be done remotely as our shelter is currently closed to the public. Read on...
  50. City of San Marcos Virtual Meetings

    City Implements Virtual Meetings, Public Comment

    With the public being asked to “Stay Home to Save Lives” and stop the spread of the coronavirus, City of San Marcos officials are offering new ways to “attend” public meetings and offer comments virtually. Read on...
  51. Public Health Advisory_Stay a Safe Six Apart

    Mayor Issues Public Health Advisory

    San Marcos Mayor Jane Hughson issued a Public Health Advisory, “Stay Home to Save Lives”, continuing to urge the public to remain at home during the coronavirus pandemic. Read on...
  52. Derek Arredondo

    SWAT Assists SMPD with Tuesday Night Arrest

    On Tuesday, March 31 at approximately 9 p.m., the San Marcos Police Department responded to a call for an unconscious driver in a vehicle that was stopped at... Read on...
  53. City of San Marcos Seal

    April City Hall Calendar

    Meetings listed are subject to change. Please check with the City Clerk's office for official postings. Read on...
  54. Hays County COVID-19 Dashboard

    City Creates Online Dashboard for COVID-19 Stats

    A new online dashboard on the City of San Marcos and Hays County websites provides the public with a current count and other statistics related to COVID-19 cases in Hays County in near real-time. Read on...
  55. Don&#39t Flush Those Wipes

    Toilets Are Not Trashcans – Don’t Flush Those Wipes

    City of San Marcos wastewater collection system employees have a message for San Marcos residents about flushing wipes down the toilet: please don’t. Read on...
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    San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter ‘Pets of the Week’ March 27

    Pets of the Week! Our need remains great to find immediate fosters and adopters for our shelter pets. We are currently offering a “Pay What you Want” promotion for adoptions, which can be done remotely as our shelter is currently closed to the public. Read on...
  57. Photo of Downtown storefronts along Hopkins Street

    Updates: Food Bank, Utilities, Senior Wellness Checks

    San Marcos continues to mobilize and collaborate in an effort to offer critical services to help our community manage the economic disruption and services crisis. Read on...
  58. Photo of City Hall

    City Accepting Applications, Offering Virtual Workshops for CDBG Funds

    The City will accept applications for CDBG project and program funding from March 27 through May 1, 2020. Seventy percent of the funds must be designated for.... Read on...
  59. Photo of WIC Storefront with forms and dropoff area outside of door

    WIC Innovates to Safely Serve Area Families

    In response to challenges presented by the recent events surrounding COVID-19, the WIC program has instituted new procedures to help safely serve clients... Read on...
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    County Issues Order to Stay at Home, Work Safe with Curfew

    To help stop the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), Hays County residents will be under a Stay at Home, Work Safe Order effective March 26 at 11 p.m. and continuing until 4 a.m. on April 10, 2020. Read on...
  61. COVID-19 Transit Changes Graphic

    San Marcos Transit Adjustments Due to COVID-19

    Due to COVID-19, the City continues to monitor and adjust the public transit services... Read on...
  62. Map with San Marcos River Parks highlighted

    City Closing River Parks Today Due to COVID-19

    In an effort to protect public health and to discourage social gathering, the City of San Marcos is closing all river front parks effective today, March 24, at 11 p.m. Read on...
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    Adopters, Fosters Still Needed Urgently at Animal Shelter

    The San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter continues its urgent plea for assistance from individuals, volunteers or organizations to foster, rescue or adopt animals... Read on...
  64. FDA Logo (white on blue background)

    FDA Alerts Consumers About Unauthorized Fraudulent COVID-19 Test Kits

    The FDA warns consumers about unauthorized, fraudulent coronavirus tests that are being marketed to test for COVID-19 in the home... Read on...
  65. Photo of SMPD Officer Paul Beller

    SMPD Officer Struck by Vehicle While Exiting Patrol Car on IH-35

    Interim Police Chief Bob Klett said SMPD Officer Paul Beller was dispatched at 1:30 p.m. to the area for a call of lumber in the roadway... Read on...
  66. City Seal

    City to Close Playscapes, Dog Park, Skate Park and Restrooms due to COVID-19

    In an effort to encourage social distancing and discourage social gathering, the City of San Marcos is closing the Children’s Park Playscape, City Park Playscape, all neighborhood park playscapes, Dog Park, and Skate Park, effective March 23 at 11 p.m. Read on...
  67. People on telephones making phone calls in front of computers

    COVID-19 Hotline Available for Hays Co. Residents

    To address a rising tide of questions and concerns about the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), the Hays County Local Health Department, in conjunction with the City of San Marcos, has established a call center for Hays County residents. Read on...
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    City to Offer Remote Services as Public Lobbies, Counters Close Beginning March 20

    In order to help prevent the spread of Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19), the City of San Marcos is closing public-facing counters and most public facilities to entry from the public beginning Fri., March 20, 2020. Read on...
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    Mayor’s Order Now Prohibits Gatherings Over 10 Persons

    San Marcos Mayor Jane Hughson signed a new Order prohibiting public or private community gatherings of 10 persons. The new Order limits occupancy in common dining areas at food establishments, and affects bar operations, until April 1, 2020. Read on...
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    City and Hays County to Issue State of Disaster

    Following today’s announcement of the first presumptive positive local COVID-19 case, the City and County will be holding a joint press conference on Sun., Mar. 15 Read on...
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    City & Regional Partners Remain Vigilant about COVID-19

    The City of San Marcos continues to coordinate with regional government agencies to be proactive and prepared for the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Read on...
  72. Back and white cat and a brown dog looking at the camera

    San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter ‘Pets of the Week’ March 12

    Our 'Pets of the Week' are Jamie and Madison, both of whom are ready to find their forever homes. Check out these two beauties or any of our adorable adoptable pets! Read on...
  73. American flag on dark background with May 2 election information

    San Marcos to hold May 2 Special Election

    With the March 9 resignation of City Council Member Joca Marquez, Place 5, the City of San Marcos is holding a Special Election in conjunction with the upcoming May elections for local school boards. Read on...
  74. Library News

    Upcoming Library Events: March 12 to March 18

    "Because I Count" Census Art Contest, The Art of Zentangle, Long-Term Care Planning, and much more this week at the San Marcos Public Library! Read on...
  75. Top: Seth Katz (North Street); Carol Powers (Paper Bear); Carina Boston (Splash); Gilbert Gomez (Roy

    Main Street Gives Love to Downtown Businesses

    The City of San Marcos Main Street Program recognized several downtown businesses, partners and volunteers at its fifth annual Love Downtown Awards on... Read on...
  76. Photos of two men looking at camera

    SMPD Arrest Two on Drug Charges

    San Marcos Police officers arrested two suspects in the early morning hours of March 6 when they were found in a reported stolen vehicle parked at the Raceway on Highway 80 at approximately 2:14 a.m. SMPD recovered a loaded handgun, various ammunition... Read on...
  77. Head shot of Dr. Jocabed Marquez

    Marquez Resigns, Election Plans Underway

    On Monday, March 9, San Marcos City Council Member, Dr. Joca Marquez tendered her written resignation to the City Clerk’s office. Dr. Marquez has held the Place 5 seat since December 2018. Read on...
  78. Photo of Cheatham St. Bridge over San Marcos River

    Shared Use Pathway Project Construction Update

    Park patrons will see construction along the San Marcos River as contractors begin excavation to construct a below-grade crossing at Cheatham Street. Read on...
  79. Cartographic of Texas showing new rainfall values for 100y-24h event-NOAA_0

    Comment Period Open for Stormwater Technical Manual Updates Due to Atlas 14

    The City of San Marcos is accepting comments on updates to the Stormwater Technical Manual through March 31. The changes reflect new data released by NOAA. Read on...
  80. Head shot of Greg Carr

    Carr to Join City as Neighborhood Enhancement Director

    This week the City of San Marcos announced the selection of Greg Carr as the new Director of Neighborhood Enhancement. He will join the City team on March 23. Read on...
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    San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter Pets of the Week

    Carlie and Pepe are our "Pets of the Week" from the San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter and are awaiting their new forever homes. Check out these two or... Read on...
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    City & Regional Partners Coordinate Coronavirus and Flu Precautions

    The City of San Marcos in coordination with Hays County, Texas State University, Congressman Lloyd Doggett’s office and other local, regional and state agencies met to coordinate and discuss efforts underway to address Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Read on...
  83. Library News

    Upcoming Library Events: March 5 to March 11

    AARP Tax Aid, Yarn in the Community, LEGO Mania, and much more this week at the San Marcos Public Library! Read on...
  84. John Thomaides with Miss Beautiful SMTX 2019 Elsa Sanchez

    Call for Entry: Miss Beautiful SMTX and You(th) Can Do It!

    The City of San Marcos , with the assistance of SMCISD, is holding the fifth annual Miss Beautiful SMTX and You(th) Can Do It! pageants on Friday, Apr. 24 from... Read on...
  85. City Seal

    City Seeks Comments on Five-Year HUD Plan

    The City of San Marcos is seeking comments on the 2020-2024 Consolidated Plan draft, which is required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban... Read on...
  86. Security footage photo of a red Chevy S10 driving on a road

    San Marcos Police Search for Truck and Driver in Hit & Run Death

    San Marcos Police are searching for the driver in a weekend hit and run incident that resulted in the death of a San Antonio man. On Saturday, Feb. 29 at 1:27 a.m., a caller to 9-1-1 reported seeing a man lying on the edge of the roadway... Read on...
  87. Red no parking sign at Rio Vista Park

    Changes to Parking Spots at Rio Vista Park

    Because of the construction of the Shared Use Pathway Project, the city had to realign parking spaces at Rio Vista Park to ensure the protection of an identified archeological area... Read on...
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    Discovery Center Offers Spring Workshop Series

    The City of San Marcos is hosting a free nature and conservation workshop series from Mar. 14 to May 9 at the San Marcos Discovery Center, 430 Riverside Drive. Read on...
  89. Photo of children playing on large chess board outside in a park

    First 2020 Party in Your Park at El Camino Real March 6

    The City of San Marcos Parks and Recreation Department will host the first Party in Your Park of the year on Friday, Mar. 6 from 5 to 8 p.m. at El Camino Real Park. Read on...
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    Changes to Human Services Agency Application Process

    The Human Services Application process for funding has changed. Under the new process, applications will be due in August... Read on...
  91. Brown dog outside looking at camera

    San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter ‘Pets of the Week’

    This sweet five-year-old girl is still a puppy at heart. Roxanne is an American Staffordshire Terrier mix who has lots of energy and loves to run. Read on...
  92. Library News

    Upcoming Library Events: Feb. 27 to Mar. 4

    Herbalism, Master Gardeners: For the Love of Roses, The Art of Zentangle, Baby Storytime, and much much more this week at the Library! Read on...
  93. Iconic Village fire victims

    Fifth Victim of Deadly Apartment Fire Identified

    The fifth and final victim of the deadly fire at Iconic Village and Vintage Pads apartments has been identified by the Travis County Medical Examiner’s... Read on...
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    San Marcos Residents Can Text Emergency Info to 9-1-1

    With storm season in full swing, the City of San Marcos is reminding residents that in an emergency they can send text messages to 9-1-1 in the Central Texas area. Read on...
  95. City Seal

    City Council Approves New San Marcos Development Code

    The San Marcos City Council approved Code SMTX, a new 434-page development code that aligns with the City’s comprehensive plan and will guide how... Read on...