Local MUD Projects Approved by Voters

The Harris County Municipal Utility District 165 water treatment plant. Courtesy Harris County MUD 165

FORT BEND AND HARRIS COUNTY (Covering Katy News) – Voters in west Harris County approved a large bond package that will support one of the biggest municipality districts in the nation.  MUD 165 is responsible for supplying water, sewer, drainage, and other services to residents who live in the Katy area.

Last Saturday voters approved a bond package of nearly 200 million dollars to support future residential and commercial growth.

Fort Bend voters also approved several MUD bonds last Saturday. Below is a summary of what was approved.

Courtesy Harris County MUD 165

Harris County MUD 165

Residents approved a $191,055,000 bond package that will help increase capacity for water, sewer, and drainage in the Katy area municipality district located in northwest Harris County. It is one of the largest municipal utility districts in the state, if not the country.  The bond will help the district keep up all the new homes being built.

“In order to further move ahead with development in the district, we had to increase our bond selling capability,” said Dave Molina a resident director and board member of MUD 165.

With voter approval, MUD leaders say they will have more financing options for future expansion.

“The true goal of the election was not voting on what to do with the bonds, but the best way to finance the projected development in the district,” said Wayne Green a resident director and board member.

The District is bounded on the west by Fry Road, the south by FM 529, the north by the future West Road right-of-way, and the east by an HL&P easement and Harris County MUD No. 172. The District is wholly within in the extra-territorial jurisdiction (“ETJ”) of the City of Houston.
For more information on MUD 165 go to http://www.hcmud165.com.

This is the second time that the MUD has asked voters to approve a bond package. Communication was key to passage of the referendum in an election that has low voter turnout.

“We learned a lesson the last time we sought bonds, and this time we took a proactive approach to educate residents as to the needs and use of the bond authorization.”

When the votes were tallied, the measure was approved by a vote of 47 to 24.

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Grand Lakes MUD 1

Voters approved a $20.81 million bond package by a vote of 29 to 14.  MUD 1 borders South Fry, Peek Road and the Westpark Tollway in Katy/Fort Bend County. It oversees the water treatment plan that serves the Grand Lakes master planned community.The 25-year bond authorization provides additional funding for the next quarter century. Grand Lakes reportedly has about $1 million remaining from its $18.82 million of bonds authorized in 2001.

The bond funds will be used for maintenance of the plant and assorted equipment like lift stations, water lines, and storm sewers.

MUD 142 Engineer Bradley Jenkins answers questions from the public about the facilities bond at a question and answer session prior to the election. Covering Katy photo

 

Fort Bend County MUD 142

Residents of the Westheimer Lakes, Creekside and Briscoe Falls subdivisions approved a $79.5 million water, sewer and drainage bond, and a separate $7 million bond to build parks in the north Fort Bend County neighborhoods.

Sixty-percent of voters approved funding to build a new treatment plant. The cost of the plant will be about $25 million. The remaining $54.5 million would be used by MUD 142 to maintain the plant over the next three decades. The final vote was 101 to 67.

The new plant will replace two temporary facilities, called package plants, that have been servicing the neighborhood since their inception.

“The initial package plant is approximately 15 years old and it’s very close to the end of its service life,” said MUD 142 Engineer Bradley Jenkins.

The temporary plants are being rented by MUD 142.

“We really need to build the permanent plant so we can stop paying $780,000 a year for the temporary plants,” Jenkins said.

The second bond measure to build parks passed by just one vote. The final vote total was 86 to 85.

Click HERE to read more about the two proposals.

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Pecan Grove MUD

Sixty-percent of voters approved Proposition A which will provide funding for the district’s rehabilitation and long term improvements to its aging water, sewer and drainage systems. The vote for approval was 101 to 68.

Fifty-one percent of voters approved Proposition B which will provide the district an option, if needed in the future, to increase the maintenance and operations tax rate beyond the current 25 cents cap, instead of raising water rates to generate revenue that might be required for operations. The final vote was 196 to 190.

 

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