Do your students want to try their hand at running their own Texas county government? In Counties Work: Texas, they can! They will need to stay on top of resident requests as they develop the local community, make important budgeting decisions, and solve crises that pop-up along the way. 

In Counties Work: Texas students will,

  • Create their own Texas county, parish, or borough government 
  • Review and address Texan resident needs and requests
  • Address community crises through strategic action
  • Manage the annual budget through property and sales tax adjustments and spending choices
  • Grow the community through expansion opportunities

For English and Multilingual Learners: Use the support tool, Spanish translation, voiceover and glossary.

This game was made with support from the Jane Nelson Institute for Women's Leadership at Texas Woman's University.


  • Simulate the role of county government, including organization, responsibilities, and services
  • Consider how a budget and major sources of local revenue affect both services and citizens
  • Identify appropriate resources and departments of county government to solve problems