The City of Texarkana, Texas provides health, dental, and life insurance to its employees at a minimal cost. Insurance becomes effective the first of the month following 30 days of employment. The city, with supplemental life and dependent life insurance available to be paid by the employee, also pays one year's salary of life insurance.

Additional life insurance can be purchased in $10,000 increments-up to a maximum of seven times the basic annual earnings or $500,000.

The City of Texarkana, Texas is self-insured for its health, dental and the life insurance. The third party administrator (TPA) is Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas.


A flexible compensation program is also available for tax deferment purposes. Dependent insurance premiums, medical reimbursement, and dependent childcare can be "flexed" to offset taxes. Participation for medical reimbursement and dependent childcare is optional.

Deferred Compensation Plan (457)

A voluntary deferred compensation program through ICMA is offered to all City employees.


The City of Texarkana, Texas has a Tuition Reimbursement program available for employees who wish to continue their education and thereby enhance their job knowledge. Tuition reimbursement is available for reimbursement on a class-by-class basis, where the grade in that class is a "C" or above.


Longevity pay is paid to all full-time employees at a rate of $5 per month per years of service.


The City of Texarkana, Texas has twelve paid holidays, including New Years Day, Martin Luther King Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veteran's Day, Thanksgiving Day, Day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and the day after Christmas.

Vacation & Sick Leave

The City of Texarkana, Texas provides three weeks of vacation and sick leave per year. This is accrued at a rate of 4.62 hours per pay period.


Retirement benefits are through Texas Municipal Retirement System. Employees contribute 7% and are vested after five years. City match is 2:1, and employees can retire after 20 years of service at any age.

Retirement benefits for the Fire Department are paid through the Firemen's Relief and Pension Fund. Employees contribute 11% and are vested after 20 years of service. Employees can retire after 20 years of service.

Jury Duty

Public service leave is provided for the employee to serve on a jury, upon being called as a witness in a court action because of their city position, or for fifteen days of military training within one fiscal year.