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Understanding the Purpose of a Municipal Utility District (MUD)

Why are MUDs important?

A MUD (Municipal Utility District) is a State of Texas governmental entity whose main functions are to provide water, sewage, local drainage, and other services within its boundaries. MUDs are regulated by TCEQ.  It is initiated first by the Developer, to secure bond money (loan) needed for the buildout of a new subdivision. Homeowners and any businesses in the District, receive monthly water/sewer bills, but also yearly tax bills paid to the MUD. These taxes are used to pay down the bond debt. The tax rate should lower as the bond debt is paid off.

The initial Board is generally handpicked by the Developer, in order to represent his needs. As the buildout progresses, and the Developer’s role diminishes, the elected MUD Directors should represent the needs of the homeowners and businesses of the District.  Homeowners and businesses should want to be involved and understand the financial situation of their MUD.  How is the MUD budget being handled?  Are funds being spent in a frugal manner?  Are proper repairs being done in a timely manner?  Have any of the Districts bonds been sold and what are those funds being used for?  MUD Board terms are for 4 years, with staggered elections so that not everyone is up for re-election at once.  Do you know who serves on your MUD Board?  A transparent Board focused on the needs of the homeowners, is the best scenario for any neighborhood.

https://www.tceq.texas.gov/agency/subjects-of-interest/utilities/municipal-utility-districts

 

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