Pursuant to Section 23.02 of the Texas Tax Code, we have submitted a request to the Fort Bend Central Appraisal District (“FBCAD”) for reappraisal of all property located in Fort Bend County Municipal Utility District 149 and damaged by the severe weather events related to Hurricane Harvey (“Harvey”). Our goal, in making this reappraisal request, is for owners of damaged property to receive a prorated reduction in property taxes for the time period in which their property is damaged.
If you are interested in having your property reappraised, you must submit an application for reappraisal (the “Application”) as soon as possible to FBCAD. The Application requires owner and property identification (including the property ID number, which is available on the FBCAD website) and evidence of property damage (photographs, insurance or contractor estimates, receipts for repairs, or FEMA documents).
The Application and related instructions can be found here: http://fbcad.org/Forms-Submissions/Disaster-Reappraisal
FBCAD has not provided an estimate of time for its completion of the reappraisal, but we will provide an update when we know more.
How Taxes will be Calculated After Reappraisal
For reappraised property, the taxes for 2017 will be prorated based on the reappraised value. This means that 2017 taxes will be assessed (i) prior to the property damage, on the assessed value as of January 1, 2017 and (ii) from and after the property damage through the remainder of 2017, on the reappraised assessed value.
Note that, per standard procedure, FBCAD will also reappraise all property values as of January 1, 2018.
Your 2017 FBCMUD Tax Bill
Your 2017 MUD tax bill has been calculated using the January 1, 2017, assessed valuation. It will not show any reduction based on a pending reappraisal. 2017 taxes will be due on January 31, 2018.
If your home is reappraised due to Harvey, you will be mailed a refund for any reduction in 2017 taxes as a result of the reappraisal.
Installment Payment Plan
Residents in Fort Bend County Municipal Utility District 149, who have experienced Harvey-related property damage, may request an installment payment plan for their 2017 assessed taxes. To take advantage of this option, the resident must submit a completed “Request for Installment Agreement for Property in Disaster Area for 2017 Taxes” (the “Installment Plan Request”), along with accompanying evidence of Harvey-related property damage (this includes pictures of damage, a FEMA or insurance claim sheet, or repair estimates). The Installment Plan Request and first payment must be made by January 31, 2018. A copy of the required Installment Plan Request can be found here. If you have any questions regarding your LID taxes, please call Kristy Hebert at 281-499-1223 or visit http://www.taxtech.net/.
To Our Customers and Taxpayers:
As you are aware, many residents and property owners in Riverstone are dealing with the devastating effects of Hurricane Harvey. In particular, the areas in MUD 149 appeared to have suffered the worst effects of the storm.
Although MUD 149 does not own or operate the drainage system or flood protection system, we want to help our customers and taxpayers through the difficult process of recovery. To that end, the Board of Directors of MUD 149 convened on Monday, September 11, 2017, and voted to approve the following:
1) All services, including water, wastewater, garbage, and fire protection, provided by MUD 149 will be free for the month of September 2017; and
2) A formal request for a re-appraisal of affected properties has been submitted to the Fort Bend Central Appraisal District (“CAD”) – this will allow affected properties to pay a prorated 2017 tax bill based on reappraised values.
What does this mean to you?
You have already received your bills for August usage – those fees will remain in place. However, we will not assess any late fees, penalties, or termination on those accounts. If you need time to work through a payment plan for your August bill, we will be happy to work with you to provide additional time. The bill you receive in early October will show $0 for services provided in September. The Board will continually consider whether additional extensions of free service are appropriate, and we will update you accordingly.
MUD 149 has not yet levied taxes for 2017. However, in order to fund budgeted expenses and debt service requirements, the MUD must continue with its 2017 tax levy. MUD 149 will likely levy its 2017 taxes prior to completion of the re-appraisal by the CAD. If that is the case, we will include notices in all tax bills that re-appraised property may be entitled to receive a refund for any prorated discount. We do not know how long the CAD process of re-appraisal will run, but we will do our best to answer any questions you may have regarding your tax bills or the re-appraisal process.
If you have specific questions or concerns regarding MUD 149, please feel free to reach out to us through the means listed below. When you call, please identify yourself as a customer or taxpayer of MUD 149.
Water/Wastewater Billings: Si Environmental, LLC, Customer Service at (832) 490-1600
Tax Statements Tax Tech, Inc. at (281) 499-1244
General Inquiries: Muller Law Group, PLLC, at (281) 500-6050
Susan Winters, President