Notice of Public Hearing on Tax Rate

The Fort Bend County Municipal Utility District No. 149 will hold a public hearing on a proposed tax rate for the tax year 2022 on Monday, September 26, 2022 at 1:30 p.m., at 202 Century Square Blvd., Sugar Land, Texas 77478, or by videoconference through Microsoft Teams: https://districtmtg.com/q3r Your individual taxes may increase at a greater or lesser rate, or even decrease, depending on the tax rate that is adopted and on the change in the taxable value of your property in relation to the change in taxable value of all other property. The change in the taxable value of your property in relation to the change in the taxable value of all other property determines the distribution of the tax burden among all property owners.

Visit Texas.gov/PropertyTaxes to find a link to your local property tax database on which you can easily access information regarding your property taxes, including information about proposed tax rates and scheduled public hearings of each entity that taxes your property.

Click here to read the notice.

Hurricane Preparedness

Hurricane Season officially begins June 1 and last through November 30. Unfortunately, this close to the Gulf of Mexico, it only takes one storm to change your life and community. Tropical cyclones are among nature’s most powerful and destructive phenomena.

If you live in an area prone to tropical cyclones, you need to be prepared. Use the tips below provided from the National Weather Service to ensure you and your family are prepared for Hurricane Season.

  1. Determine your risk – The threats from hurricanes to you and your family can vary widely depending on where you live. It’s not just those along the coast that can experience significant, life-threatening impacts. Evaluate what you need to do to protect your home and family NOW, before the first storm of the season even forms in the Gulf. noaa.gov/hurricane-prep
  2. Develop an evacuation plan – make sure you have a hurricane evacuation plan. The first thing you need to do is find out if you live in a storm surge hurricane evacuation zone or if you’re in a home that would be unsafe during a hurricane. If you are, figure out where you’d go and how you’d get there if told to evacuate. You do not need to travel hundreds of miles. Identify someone, perhaps a friend or relative who doesn’t live in an evacuation zone or unsafe home, and coordinate with them to use their home as your evacuation destination. Be sure to account for your pets, as most local shelters do not permit them. Put the plan in writing for you and those you care about. noaa.gov/hurricane-prep
  3. Assemble disaster supplies – Just having enough supplies to make it through a hurricane isn’t enough. You need plenty to make it through what could be a LONG recovery period too. Water and electricity could be out for a week or more. Have enough non-perishable food, water and medicine to last each person in your family for a MINIMUM of three days. Also make sure you have extra cash, a battery-powered radio, flashlights, and a portable crank or solar powered USB charger to charge your cell phone. ready.gov/kit
    • If possible, your kit should include the following:
    • Seven-day supply of non-perishable (canned) food
    • One gallon of drinking water, per day, for each member of your family, for seven days
    • Cash – if power fails, ATMs may not work
    • Portable battery or hand crank radio with the weather band
    • Flashlights for each member of the family and extra batteries
    • Personal items – medications, extra clothes, hygiene items
    • Seven-day supply of food, water, and medication for your pets
  4. Get an insurance checkup – call your insurance company or agent and ask for an insurance checkup to make sure you have enough homeowners insurance to repair or even replace your home…and remember, standard homeowners insurance doesn’t cover flooding. Whether you’re a homeowner or renter, you’ll need a separate policy for flooding. Act now as flood insurance requires a 30-day waiting period. floodsmart.gov
  5. Strengthen your home – There’s a lot you can do around your home to help protect it from hurricane winds. Take action now before hurricane season hits full-swing. Have the proper plywood, steel or aluminum panels to board up the windows and doors. Remember, the garage door is the most vulnerable part of the home, so it must be able to withstand high winds. flash.org/protect.php
  6. Help your neighbor – Many people rely on their neighbors after a disaster, but there are also many ways you can help your neighbors before a hurricane approaches. Learn about all the different actions your community can take to prepare and recover from the hazards associated with hurricanes: ready.gov/neighbors
  7. Complete a written plan – The time to prepare for a hurricane is NOW, as the season begins. Once you’re under pressure, having a written plan will take the guesswork out of what you need to do to protect you and your family. Know where you will ride out the storm and get your supplies now. You don’t want to be standing in long lines when a Hurricane Watch is issued. Those supplies that you need will probably be sold out by the time you reach the front of the line. Being prepared now will mean the difference between your being a hurricane victim and a hurricane survivor. ready.gov/plan

Celebrate Independence Day Safely in MUD 149

We hope your family’s Independence Day celebrations are fun and safe for everyone. Although fireworks and celebrations go together, especially during the holiday season, they can be dangerous when used improperly, causing serious bodily injury and property damage.

On June 20th the Fort Bend County Commissioners Court issued a burn ban for all unincorporated areas of Fort Bend County due to the high risk of fire danger caused by drought conditions and record-high temperatures.

The ban limits the use of open flames which prohibits the burning of trash, campfires, burn barrels, and other open flame devices that can ignite combustible materials and result in personal injury, property damage, and loss of life.

As stated in the release, “With the passing of the burn ban, I would ask that our Fort Bend County residents also exercise extreme caution with the use of fireworks as they celebrate over the 4th of July weekend,” stated Judge KP George. “Because of the extremely dry conditions, we don’t want to risk the safety of our resident and their property. Additionally, we don’t want to over-extend our fire and emergency medical service personnel due to a high number of preventable emergency calls”.

Although not expressly prohibited, the use of fireworks during the burn ban is highly discouraged.

If you choose to celebrate with consumer fireworks, please follow the following safety guidelines:

  • Obey all local laws regarding the use of fireworks.
  • Always buy fireworks from an established retail outlet.
  • Always read and follow label directions.
  • Always have an adult present.
  • Only ignite fireworks outdoors in cleared areas away from houses, buildings, dry leaves, and flammable materials.
  • Keep water handy for fires and emergencies.
  • Never experiment or attempt to make homemade fireworks.
  • Light only one firework at a time.
  • Never re-ignite malfunctioning fireworks; soak them in water and throw them away.
  • Never give fireworks to small children.
  • Store fireworks in a cool, dry place.
  • Never throw fireworks at another person.
  • Never carry fireworks in your pocket.
  • Never shoot fireworks in metal or glass containers.
  • Wear eye protection when shooting fireworks.
  • After shooting them, soak fireworks in water before putting them in the trash.

For safety tips and additional information regarding the use of consumer fireworks in Fort Bend County visit the Fort Bend County Fire Marshal’s website at: https://www.fortbendcountytx.gov/government/departments/public-safety/fire-marshal/fireworks-mass-gatherings