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Relating to the powers and duties of the Dowdell Public Utility District; providing authority to issue bonds; providing authority to impose fees and taxes.
No fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.
HB 4206 would make certain changes to the Dowdell Public Utility District (DPUD). First, this legislation would specify that the DPUD is a municipal utility district (MUD). Secondly, it would grant this district the authority to construct and maintain roads. Moreover, it would now be allowed to issue bonds and other obligations to fund road projects. Thirdly and lastly, this bill would allow the DPUD to create defined areas regardless of its acreage.
This DPUD covers an area within the extraterritorial jurisdiction of Houston in Harris County. According to the Author’s statement of intent, “land previously undeveloped within the long-existing district is sought to be developed without increasing the tax burden on homeowner residents and taxpayers.” The author’s statement continues, “The district seeks to create a defined area, allowing the defined area developments to self-finance without increasing the overall tax burden for other district taxpayers.”
Currently, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) says that any districts that wish to establish a defined area must have at least 1,500 acres. HB 4206 would remove this requirement and allow the DPUD to designate defined areas for the purposes mentioned above.
The changes made to the DPUD do not conflict with our liberty principles. Therefore, we stand neutral on HB 4206.
The Senate chamber sponsor is Senator Bettencourt.