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.

Deferred Compensation Plan (457)

A voluntary deferred compensation program through MissionSquare 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 for each year of service with a maximum of 20 years.


The City of Texarkana, Texas has thirteen paid holidays, including New Years Day, Martin Luther King Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, Juneteenth, 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 paid vacation and paid sick leave per year. This is accrued at a rate of 4.62 hours per pay period.


Retirement benefits are through the Texas Municipal Retirement System. Employees contribute 7% of each paycheck, and the City provides a 2:1 match.  Employees are vested with 5 years of service, and can retire after 20 years of service at any age or once an employee reaches the age of 60 as long as they have 5 years vested into the retirement system. 

Retirement benefits for the Fire Department are paid through the Texarkana Firemen's Relief and Pension Fund. Employees contribute 13% from each paycheck and the City provides a match at 19%. Employees become vested and are eligible for retirement at 20 years of service.