How do the proposed drainage bond projects interact/coordinate with drainage projects that are ongoing within the City’s various LIDs and Fort Bend County?

The city of Sugar Land works closely with flood-control partners -- including Levee Improvement Districts and Fort Bend County -- tasked with protecting residents from river flooding.  Routine maintenance and targeted drainage projects are important to protect Sugar Land during extreme weather events. The city’s regional approach to flood-control projects recognizes that each agency has an important role to play in keeping residents safe.  Joint studies and agreements combined with ongoing communications ensure a coordinated effort. Projects included in the bond referendum build on efforts being implemented by area LIDs that are investing in increased pumping capacity and levee improvements. Project timing will be well coordinated with the LIDs’ projects to ensure the drainage system functions as an integrated system. Sugar Land takes the same approach with Fort Bend County on projects impacting city residents.

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1. What is the City Budget?
2. How is the budget created?
3. How can I get involved in the budget process?
4. Does the city prepare a long-term financial plan?
5. How can I invest in municipal bonds from the City of Sugar Land?
6. How do I get a sales tax permit for a new business in Sugar Land?
7. Given economic conditions related to COVID 19, what is being done to manage the budget?
8. Has COVID 19 created revenue shortfalls for Sugar Land?
9. What has been done to respond to revenue shortfalls?
10. What tax rate is necessary to fund the budget?
11. What is the impact of the tax rate being considered to my City tax bill?
12. For fiscal year 2021, Sugar Land plans to issue less than a half cent of the 3 cents voters approved in 2019 for bond projects. How does this impact the delivery of the 2019 bond projects authorized b
13. Do I have to do anything to receive the homestead exemption?
14. What drainage projects are being funded in the proposed budget?
15. What is the IWRP?
16. How do the unfunded mandate for surface water conversion and implementation of the IWRP affect my utility bill?
17. How long has it been since the City increased utility rates?
18. Over the past few years, we have seen a significant reduction of retail sales in physical stores, the closing of businesses, etc. Has this factor been built into the projected income from sales tax?
19. Why did Sugar Land city council pass a resolution calling on the Fort Bend tax assessor-collector to calculate the city’s voter-approval tax rate at 8 percent instead of the new 3.5 percent threshold
20. Sugar Land residents have a very high tax burden. Why add more?
21. Did City Council support the bond election?
22. When will the projects be completed?
23. Why is the City holding a bond election rather than paying for the projects as we go?
24. What is the bond election's impact on Sugar Land's tax rate?
25. What are property tax impacts if the bonds are approved?
26. What is Sugar Land’s current level of debt, and what revenue sources are used to make those debt payments?
27. What checks and balances are in place to make sure that bond money is only spent on the projects as authorized by the voters?
28. How do the proposed drainage bond projects interact/coordinate with drainage projects that are ongoing within the City’s various LIDs and Fort Bend County?
29. What is the impact of the tax rate being considered to my City tax bill?