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State legislation provides that the Township Board of Directors must approve the ballot language and tax rate associated with any vote to incorporate. To develop this language and the tax rate, the Board will consider important policy and operational questions, including whether to merge MUDs into a new city.
The question of merging MUDs into a new city can be addressed as part of the initial incorporation process or any time after incorporation. In other words, if incorporation occurs without merging MUDs into the new city, the new city council would be permitted to consider assumption of the MUDs at a future date.
Because the incorporation study process has been deferred, the original timeline for the process is no longer in progress. If you have additional questions about timing related to the incorporation study process, please contact The Woodlands Township.
The initial project timeline contemplated additional public outreach in later steps. Because the incorporation study process has been deferred, we have removed the timeline to avoid confusion.
A public forum related to Step 5 was held on September 25, 2018. Additional information about that event can be found at: http://www.thewoodlandsincorporationstudy.com/community-forum-sept-2018. Additional public outreach efforts have been deferred along with the remainder of the incorporation study process.
The online tax calculator was demonstrated at the Board of Directors Special Planning session on February 20, 2020 and at the Board of Directors Regular Meeting on February 26, 2020. The Board voted to defer the incorporation study process at its March 25, 2020 Regular Meeting. Links to all of these meetings can be found on the Document Library page or by visiting the Township website directly at: https://www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov/991/Agendas-Minutes-and-More.
Thanks for your question. An online calculator was developed and demonstrated to the Board and the public during the incorporation study process. However, the Township has decided to defer additional incorporation discussion in light of financial uncertainty due to the pandemic, and the calculator has not been deployed.
Thanks for your patience. The Incorporation Study Consolidated Report (available in the Document Library as well as here: May 2020 - Incorporation Study Consolidated Report (5.64 MB) (pdf)) contains additional discussion of MUDs as well as debt service analysis.
Thanks for your question. In December 2018, HR Green completed a MUD analysis which explicitly recommended leaving the existing MUD governance structure in place. The study is available here: https://www.thewoodlandsincorporationstudy.com/2856/widgets/8664/documents/8300
Thank you for your question. Should Woodlands residents choose to take up the issue of incorporation, Creekside would be included; however, incorporation would not impact which County Creekside and Creekside Park West would be in. They would remain in Harris County.
Thank you for your question. Further study related to the incorporation process is on hold to allow the Township to focus on effectively responding to the Pandemic. Additional legal study is delayed until such time as a future board chooses to take up the issue of incorporation.
Thank you for your question. The incorporation study process is intended to define the cost and service implications of incorporation. Incorporation would expand The Woodlands’ ability to directly deliver some municipal services, such as law enforcement or street maintenance, rather than rely on other government entities to deliver those services.