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The terms and conditions of the annexation were determined by a vote of the City of Sugar Land City Council, as well as both Municipal Utility District’s Board Members for their representative districts.
Sugar Land functions under a council-manager form of government. The City Council performs a legislative role, setting broad goals and policies that match the vision of our residents. The City Manager is the Chief Administrative Officer, and manages the day to day business of the City in order to reach the goals set forth by City Council. The City of Sugar Land has a total of seven City Council Members, with four Districts. At the time of annexation, residents will be temporarily assigned to Single Member Council Districts. Residents within New Territory will temporarily be placed in City Council District 2, while residents residing in Greatwood will temporarily be placed within City Council District 4. Current Sugar Land City Council Members and positions are identified below.
1. Joe Zimmerman, Mayor
2. Himesh Gandhi, At-Large Position One
3. Mary Joyce, At-Large Position Two
4. Steve Porter, Single Member District One
5. Bridget Yeung, Single Member District Two
6. Amy Mitchell, Single Member District Three
7. Carol K. McCutcheon, Single Member District Four
The City of Sugar Land utilizes multiple communication tools to keep members of the Sugar Land community aware of events and programs occurring within the City. Residents can download the official City of Sugar Land mobile app here: MySugarLand. Residents can opt to receive monthly email newsletters here: E-News Report. At the time of annexation, Greatwood and New Territory residents will have the ability to join the City’s Blackboard Connect information system. Blackboard Connect is a leading provider of mass notification services, and allows the City to send thousands of messages at a time, communicating emergency information, as well as non-emergency information to both residents, and City of Sugar Land employees. The social media outreach from the City of Sugar Land aims to engage and inform the community through distribution of City news releases, media alerts, emergency and urgent City service notifications, City events, and general Sugar Land information. Current social media channels include the following: 1. Facebook - Official City Page 2. Facebook - Parks & Recreation 3. Facebook - Police Department 4. Visit Sugar Land 5. Twitter 6. YouTube 7. Instagram
Dependent upon the District, residents will see an increase or decrease in taxes once the City levies its tax in 2018. The LIDs will not be impacted by the annexation, and residents are still obligated to pay their LID taxes.
No. Residents do not need to file new exemptions to get the City's homestead and over-65 exemptions. Any exemptions on file with the appraisal district will automatically be applied to the City's tax bill in 2018.
Additional services to the annexed areas are being funded through surcharges that residents in the Greatwood and New Territory have paid for pre-annexation services for the last 10 years. These surcharges have accumulated to approximately 10 million dollars, and are being used to pay the costs associated with annexation. There will be no increase in costs or reduction in services to current city residents.
No. The city will meet all current and future service‐level obligations to current and newly annexed residents on day one of the annexation.
The city is providing a 53 percent increase in Animal Services floor space to accommodate an anticipated 30 percent increase in demand. In addition, additional space has been leased for the Sugar Land Police Department, and current Public Safety Dispatch space accommodated the addition of a 911 console for one dispatcher per shift to meet projected call volumes after annexation. Further, all public safety departments such as Police, Fire, Animal Services, and Public Safety Dispatch have increased their staffing numbers in preparation for the annexation.
Ramping up for annexation has allowed the City to enhance services in some areas.
Currently, for the Greatwood and New Territory areas, Fort Bend County provides Ambulance services while the city of Sugar Land provides Fire services. On December 12, 2017, the City of Sugar Land will be responsible for both, Fire and Ambulance services, for Greatwood and New Territory.
Yes. The City hired an additional seven firefighters/paramedics and added one ambulance to the city’s fleet. Additionally, a Fire Inspector was hired to ensure the Fire Marshal’s office continues to provide high quality investigative and inspection services City-Wide.
Starting December 12, all outstanding MUD-issued water bills will be paid to the City of Sugar Land. Below are the payment options:
Pay in person
Bring your check, cash, credit card, or money order to:
City Hall, 2700 Town Center Blvd. North, Sugar Land TX 77479M-F, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.Check, cash, credit card, money order
Pay by mail
Mail your check or money order to:
City of Sugar LandPO Box 5029Sugar Land TX 77487-5029
Drop in a Payment Depository
Drop your check or money order at:
No online payment options are available for MUD-issued water bills. During the transition, the MUD will not disconnect water service. For any other questions, call 311 or 281-275-2900.
Residents that received a different cart size from what was originally requested can call 311, or 281-275-2900 and request a replacement.