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    The "Incorporation Fact Sheet – August 11, 2017" https://thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov/DocumentCenter/View/11642 ~ states QUESTION ~"Will the existing Municipal Utility Districts (MUDs) be merged into the new city at incorporation? ANSWER ~ "This determination will need to be made prior to an incorporation election. If not merged into the new city, the MUDs would continue as separate governmental entities with elected boards/officials and the new city would have no authority over these entities." With regard to the answer given, who exactly determines such an important factor for the voters prior to and incorporation vote and by what authority?

    rentavoter asked 3 months ago

    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.

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    I think your decision to remove the timeline from public view on this site is a disservice to the taxpayers who funded your work. Since you have chosen to remove the timeline referenced below to avoid confusion, please state precisely what led to your confusion regarding a process that you manage.

    rentavoter asked 3 months ago

    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. 

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    If as you have replied below "A public forum related to Step 5 was held on September 25, 2018" and "Additional public outreach efforts have been deferred along with the remainder of the incorporation study process." then how can the process be in CURRENT STEP 6 as declared on the incorporation website? https://www.thewoodlandsincorporationstudy.com/about

    rentavoter asked 3 months ago

    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. 

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    With regard to your previous response, What date Step Five completed? What date was the online calculator demonstrated? What date did the Township decide to defer and where can we locate record of this decision?

    rentavoter asked 3 months ago

    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.

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    Step Five calls for development of a "online property tax rate calculator to enable residents to understand the impact of the incorporation on property taxes. If desired by the Township Board, this tax rate calculator could be established to show (1) current tax obligations per homeowner, (2) proposed tax obligations after incorporation, and (3) estimated tax obligations if The Woodlands didn't incorporate and was annexed by surrounding communities. While the third option would be only hypothetical, it would ensure the third alternative Is considered by residents when making determinations regarding Incorporation. " Since we are in Step Six, how do residents access the calculator?

    rentavoter asked 3 months ago

    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.

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    It has been suggested that the Township is in possession of a legal opinion that states upon incorporation the City will have the power to abolish all Municipal Utility Districts within the area of incorporation by power of ordinance, if true why has the Township neglected to produce even a modicum of financial modeling of blended tax rates , debt service and water rates for public evaluation?

    rentavoter asked 3 months ago

    Greetings,

    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. 

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    Where can we access the comprehensive, objective, and factual information on which the study bases is finding not to include MUDs in the proposed incorporation?

    rentavoter asked 3 months ago

    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

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    Will Creekside Park and Creekside Park West be included in the proposed incorporation of The Woodlands? We ask as these zip codes are in Harris County, not Montgomery.

    kelskat18 asked 6 months ago

    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.

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    Do we intend to get adjudication over apparent conflict between 2017 enacted state law and previously made agreement with the cities of houston and conroe and the woodlands township?

    AMMARZANO asked 6 months ago

    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.

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    Very simply, what is the problem we are trying to fix via incorporation? Said differently, what is broken and why is incorporation the fix?

    billfitzp asked 8 months ago

    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.