1. News & Announcements

  1. Photo of elected officials and WWTP representatives holding award banner in front of WWTP.

    Wastewater Treatment Plant Recognized as “Utility of the Future Today”

    The City of San Marcos Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) has received national recognition as a Utility of the Future Today for Community Partnering and Engagement. Read on...
  2. SMPD Blue Santa 2019

    SMPD Kicks Off Blue Santa Season, Donations Needed

    SMPD is asking the public for financial donations for this year’s SMPD Blue Santa Program, which will undergo a major transformation this year due to COVID-19 restrictions. Read on...
  3. A person wearing a mask rides a scooter down the street

    Phased Scooter Pilot Program Launches in San Marcos

    The City of San Marcos, in collaboration with Texas State University, has signed a pilot agreement with Spin electric scooters for an initial two-step... Read on...
  4. San Marcos Police Department Seal

    UPDATE: Redpoint Apartments Murder Suspect Turns Himself In

    On Wednesday, September 16, Steven Deshawn Crawford (DOB 12/20/1999) turned himself in to the Hays County Jail. Crawford was identified as a suspect in... Read on...
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    Citizen Committee to Study Use of Force Opens to Applicants

    The committee’s charge is to study the Use of Force policies of SMPD, compare those policies to national standards, and make recommendations to the City Council. Read on...
  6. San Marcos Police Department Seal

    Testing Scheduled Oct. 17 for Career with SMPD

    The San Marcos Police Department (SMPD) is hosting the biannual entrance exam for interested applicants on Oct. 17. The deadline to apply is Oct. 12. Read on...
  7. Photo of San Marcos hotel and conference center

    San Marcos Celebrates International Housekeeping Week

    “Our housekeepers are vital in ensuring a clean, welcoming and safe experience for visitors in San Marcos,” said Denise Pardo, Destination Services Manager. Read on...
  8. Photo of group of cleanup volunteers behind pile of collected trash at Willow Creek

    City Seeks Volunteers for Fourth Annual Fall River Cleanup

    The City of San Marcos is calling on volunteers to register for the Fourth Annual Fall River Cleanup, scheduled for Friday, Oct. 2 through Sunday, Oct. 4. Read on...
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    City to Reopen Parks, River Access & Facilities on Sept. 16

    The City of San Marcos will reopen all public facilities, riverfront parks, neighborhood park playgrounds, athletic complexes, tennis and basketball courts on Wednesday, Sept. 16 at 8 a.m. Read on...
  10. SM Regional Animal Shelter front of building

    San Marcos Animal Shelter Receives $20,000 from ASPCA

    “We want to get the word out that we are here to help people worried about losing their pets due to evictions and work instability. If you feel like you have to make a choice..." Read on...
  11. San Marcos Police Department Seal

    Labor Day Weekend Claims 13th Traffic Fatality of the Year

    On Sunday, Sept. 6, San Marcos Police, San Marcos Fire and Hays County EMS responded to a multi-vehicle collision on W. Wonder World Drive and Purgatory... Read on...
  12. American Flags draped on buildings in downtown San Marcos

    City Requests “Welcome Home” Photos for Video to National Guard by Sept. 14

    The City and the Hays County Veterans Resource Office invite members of the public to submit “welcome home” photos for inclusion in a City-produced message to... Read on...
  13. Photo of trees in planters

    Arbor Day Foundation, Texas A&M Forest Service, City to Provide Free Trees to San Marcos Residents

    The Community Canopy program encourages homeowners to plant trees in their yards to help broaden the city’s tree canopy and provide cleaner water to residents. Read on...
  14. Photo of umbrella in rain

    Updated Stormwater Utility Rates Effective Oct. 1

    In an effort to establish a financial framework for a more equitable and sustainable customer rate structure, the City of San Marcos is introducing an updated... Read on...
  15. Image of stack of red, white and blue election buttons with the word &#34vote&#34 on them.

    City Council Approves 2020 Vote Centers

    During Tuesday night’s meeting, the San Marcos City Council approved the established list of 2020 General and Special Election Vote Centers for early... Read on...
  16. Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee Accepting Applications (Words graphic)

    Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee Accepting Applications

    “Members of the steering committee will have an important role in furthering the planning process by providing unique perspectives, expertise, and ensuring..." Read on...
  17. San Marcos Police Department Seal

    City Announces Five Finalists for Chief of Police

    Ralph Andersen & Associates is assisting the City with the search, which resulted in an applicant pool of 92 candidates from across the United States Read on...
  18. City of San Marcos Seal

    September City Hall Calendar

    Meetings listed below are subject to change. Please check with the City Clerk's office for official postings. Read on...
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    City Offices Closed on Labor Day

    City of San Marcos offices and services, including the Library’s front porch pick-up and public transit, will be closed Monday, Sept. 7 for the Labor Day holiday. Read on...
  20. SMPPS Logo

    Participate in the Platinum Planning Study through Sept. 28

    The study aims to identify needs and strategies to support potential transportation and development planning efforts within the San Marcos community. Read on...
  21. Photo of students in the field taking photos of local plants and/or wildlife

    September is Bioblitz Month for Pollinators in San Marcos

    Check out our project page to follow our progress live or find a teaching guide for maximizing this science adventure for in-person, virtual, or homeschool classrooms. Read on...
  22. San Marcos Police Department Seal

    Scams, Fraudulent Calls Increasing in San Marcos

    Law enforcement agencies will never request payments through gift cards. Citizens are cautioned against giving out personal information or payment to these callers. Read on...
  23. SMCVB Advertisement

    San Marcos Convention & Visitor Bureau Wins Marketing Awards

    The SMCVB won a first place People’s Choice Award for their COVID-19 messaging, as well as a second place People’s Choice Award for their cooperative marketing... Read on...
  24. COVID testing site staff wearing PPE

    TDEM Offering Free COVID Testing in San Marcos, Kyle

    The San Marcos COVID mobile testing site will be at San Marcos High School and the Kyle mobile testing site will be at the Hays CISD Performing Arts Center. Read on...
  25. Photo of backpack giveaway form 2019 with table full of supplies and families standing around

    Community Backpack Giveaway Scheduled for Aug. 29

    The City of San Marcos Parks and Recreation Department’s Youth Services Division is partnering with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Phi Xi Omega Chapter to host,.. Read on...
  26. CM Allen upgrades include green biofiltration areas with native plants

    CM Allen Wins Regional EPA Green Infrastructure Competition

    Installations with GI/LID elements often help to reduce pollution and flooding, conserve clean water and minimize the heat island effect of concrete in cities. Read on...
  27. SMTX 2020 Graphic

    “SMTX 2020” Watch Party Scheduled Sept. 2

    The video will be broadcast on Spectrum Ch. 10 and Grande Ch. 16 or 123-16. It will also stream online and on City of San Marcos- City Hall Facebook page. Read on...
  28. Photo of construction site with text over announcing the groundbreaking

    City Breaks Ground on New Public Service Center

    The new Public Service Center on Clovis Barker Road will provide a streamlined and centralized location for public utilities, transportation operations, fleet operations... Read on...
  29. Photo of Rio Vista

    San Marcos Named “Beautiful Hill Country Retirement Town”

    From the crystal-clear waters of the San Marcos River to the Kissing Tree community, the article paints a picture of a modern, convenient retirement in San Marcos. Read on...
  30. Photo of Downtown storefronts along Hopkins Street

    City Expects 2020 Street Overlay Completion Sept. 4

    Motorists should drive slowly and use caution when travelling through the work zone. Motorists are advised to be aware of heavy equipment and construction... Read on...
  31. San Marcos Police Department Seal

    Overnight Collision Results in 12th Traffic Fatality of 2020

    At approximately 2 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 13, SMPD responded to a major traffic collision southbound IH35 near the Blanco River exit (208). Read on...
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    City and CARTS Announce Interurban Bus Updates

    COSM and CARTS announce the resumption of the Interurban Express 1517 Gold Bus, with service from Austin to San Marcos, beginning August 24. Read on...
  33. Dana Washington

    Youth Services Director Hired by Community Action

    “The establishment of this position marks an exciting point of forward motion for San Marcos youth,” said Carole Belver, Executive Director of Community Action. Read on...
  34. SMTX Connect interface with map and list of report categories

    Resident Engagement Improves with SMTX Connect Redesign

    The SMTX Connect upgrade achieves the City’s goals of improving and centralizing the resident reporting system for issues within the community. Read on...
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    August City Hall Calendar

    Meetings listed are subject to change. Please check with the City Clerk's office for official postings. Read on...
  36. Photo of dog and cat cuddling with &#34Forever Homes Needed&#34 headline, Clear the Shelters logo.

    Annual Clear the Shelter Event Goes Virtual, Month-Long for 2020

    This campaign aims to find safe homes for as many pets as possible. Local animal shelters team up with local partners, including NBC and Telemundo affiliates... Read on...
  37. Road Closed sign

    University Drive to Close for Utility Work Starting Aug. 3

    Traffic will be detoured to Hutchison Street for the duration of the project. University buses will be permitted to use North Edward Gary Street for Texas State University access. Read on...
  38. Road Closed sign

    Fredericksburg Street to Close July 27 for Wastewater Main Replacement

    This project will replace approximately 300 feet of sewer main that has deteriorated due to age. Motorists can expect lane closures during construction. Read on...
  39. Electric Juice Mural

    Arts Program Announces New Anti-Littering Mural Project

    The ultimate goal of the mural project is to serve as an anti-litter and river preservation reminder to those entering the San Marcos River District. Read on...
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    Candidate Filing Period Opens for November Election

    San Marcos is accepting applications for candidates seeking a place on the ballot for the upcoming General and Special elections taking place this November. Read on...
  41. San Marcos Police Department Seal

    Public Survey Opens as Part of SMPD Chief Search

    The City of San Marcos is hiring a new chief of police and City leadership is asking for the community’s help in determining the priorities for the position. Read on...
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    City Invites Human Services Agency Applications

    The City of San Marcos is now accepting applications for funding for the 2021 fiscal year from Human Services Agencies. The deadline for applications is Friday, Aug. 21. Read on...
  43. Photo of moving boxes with &#34Main Street is Moving!&#34 written on them

    Main Street Moving to Chamber Building by August 1

    The Main Street Program is moving a few blocks from their current location, near the square, to a building at the entrance to downtown at 202 North CM Allen Parkway. Read on...
  44. Graphic with Virtual Workshop time and date

    Downtown Design Virtual Community Workshop Slated for July 23

    The City is hosting a Virtual Community Workshop on Thursday, July 23 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. to seek input on updates to the downtown architectural design guidelines... Read on...
  45. COVID Test Site

    San Marcos COVID Test Site Moves to Rattler Stadium

    The location for this week’s free walk-up COVID testing in San Marcos has moved from San Marcos High School to the San Marcos Toyota Rattler Stadium. Read on...
  46. San Marcos Police Department Seal

    Weekend Vehicle Collision Results in Motorcyclist Fatality

    The City of San Marcos Police Department, Fire Department, and Hays County EMS were dispatched to the 1600 block of Post Road for a traffic collision involving... Read on...
  47. Watering Schedule Chart

    San Marcos to Enter Stage 1 Drought Restrictions

    Stage 1 rules limit at-home car washing, washing impervious surfaces and foundation watering to one day per week. Full rules can be found on the City... Read on...
  48. Map to brush drop-off location behind San Marcos Animal Shelter

    Brushy Waste Drop-Off & Community Clean-Up Saturday

    The City will host a brushy waste drop-off and community clean-up for residential garbage and recycling service customers on Saturday, July 11 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Read on...
  49. Parks and Recreation News Image

    City Highlights Essential Services of Parks & Recreation

    The City is celebrating July’s “Parks and Recreation Month,” by highlighting work of park & recreation professionals who are providing services that are vital to a healthy San Marcos. Read on...
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    Council to Consider Funding COVID-19 Testing with CDBG

    The City Council is seeking comments on a proposal to add a COVID-19 testing program using $105,530 of the newly issued $425,261 CDBG-CV funds. Read on...
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    July City Hall Calendar

    Please check with the City Clerk's office for official postings. Read on...
  52. COVID-19 Testing Schedule for Hays County Graphic

    Free COVID Test Site Open July 12-16 in San Marcos

    Free, walk-up COVID-19 testing will be offered at San Marcos High School daily between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. from Sunday, July 12 to Thursday, July 16. 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...
  54. 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...