KATY/FORT BEND COUNTY (Covering Katy News) – Keeping a pulse on what’s happening in our neighborhoods can be difficult in unincorporated areas like Cinco Ranch where there is no city or town government. Fort Bend County Precinct 3 Commissioner Andy Meyers solves that problem by holding quarterly luncheons with HOA managers, municipal utility district leaders, and other key community leaders.
Last week Commissioner Meyers had a full room at Katy’s Hasta La Pasta restaurant for his quarterly luncheon. The event also featured a presentation from Fort Bend County County Precinct 3 Constable Wayne Thompson who has teamed up with Meyers on several public safety initiatives.
“Another full room of involved community leaders from across Precinct 3, including several HOA managers, city administrators, MUD directors from Canyon Gate to Pecan Grove and even the president of the Willow Fork Drainage District,” Meyers wrote on social media.
Meyers pays for the lunch and updates those in attendance on his projects, which often include road improvements. Meyers also takes questions and listens to the concerns of those who want to speak at his quarterly meetings.
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Given that the Texas Legislature is in session this year, Meyers also included a 2019 legislative update on bills that he had local legislators submit on Precinct 3’s behalf. Some of the bills are designed to stop the City of Houston from issuing sales taxes on Katy residents through a system called special purpose annexation. Meyers has been a longtime opponent of that system which allows 50-percent of local sale tax revenues, paid by residents of Katy and Fulshear, to be grabbed by the City of Houston.
“Its taxation without representation,” Meyers once told Covering Katy News.
Meyers maintains that tax money paid by people who live in Precinct 3, should be spent to help the people who paid it, not people who may live 50 miles away.