Call to Action from Commissioner DeMerchant – Property Tax Relief

Dear Fort Bend County Precinct 4 Residents,

This past week most of us received our 2020 Notice of Appraised Value with increases in our taxable property values. This came at a time when most of us have anxiety and fear regarding our job security, paying our mortgages, and other expenses. The increased property tax burden resulting from the surge in property valuations will harshly affect and compound our hardships.

Many of you have contacted me regarding your increased valuations. I immediately contacted Fort Bend County’s Appraisal District to provide instant relief to our residents. Even though they were very sympathetic to the current situation, this requires our State Legislators, Attorney General, and Governor to make an exemption. In addition to my letter to Governor Abbott, Attorney General Paxton, and our State Representatives and Senators, I am calling on you to reach out to our State officials respectfully requesting and strongly urging the following:

  • Roll back the 2020 valuations to the 2019 valuations
  • Create payment plans without fees
  • Reduce late fees
  • Extend deadlines
  • Change payment due dates

To make it easier, I have provided their information below as well as link – https://www.texastribune.org/directory/#txhouse

Thank you. I hope you and yours stay healthy. Together we will make a difference.


SAMPLE LETTER / EMAIL

Dear Governor, Attorney General, State Senators and State Representatives,

For most of us, our homes are the most expensive item we will ever purchase. A home is more than a residence. It is a family dwelling place, shelter, and refuge from the outside world. I recently received my 2020 property valuation and was shocked with increase in taxable values. This increase comes at time when job security, paying home mortgages, and other expenses weigh very heavily on my family.

The disastrous situation brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, downturn in the economy at all levels, and the alarmingly ill-timed record-high property tax appraisal valuations collectively pose a danger to my health, welfare, and safety. I respectfully request and strongly urge all state governmental officials, representatives, senators, and directors of the Fort Bend County Appraisal District in taking immediate action with the following:

  • Roll back the 2020 valuations to the 2019 valuations
  • Create payment plans without fees
  • Lower late fees
  • Extend deadlines
  • Change payment due dates.

Thank you.


SAMPLE PHONE CONVERSATION / MESSAGE

Hello, My name is ____________, I am a Fort Bend County resident. The reason why I am calling you is for you to take immediate action regarding property tax relief and on the following:

  • Roll back the 2020 valuations to the 2019 valuations
  • Create payment plans without fees
  • Lower late fees
  • Extend deadlines
  • Change payment due dates.

The disastrous situation brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, downturn in the economy, and record-high property tax appraisal valuations collectively pose a danger to my health, welfare, and safety. Thank you.


Office of the Governor Greg Abbott

P.O. Box 12428
Austin Texas 78711
(512) 463-2000
https://gov.texas.gov/contact

Office of the Attorney General Ken Paxton

PO Box 12548
Austin, TX 78711-2548
800-252-8011
https://www.texasattorneygeneral.gov/contact-us-online-form

Office of State Representative Rick Miller – District 26

Room E1.304
P.O. Box 2910
Austin, TX 78768
(512) 463-0710
Rick.miller@house.texas.gov

Office of State Senator Borris Miles – District 13

P.O. Box 12068
Capitol Station
Austin, TX 78711
(512) 463-0113
borris.miles@senate.texas.gov

Office of State Representative Ron Reynolds – District 27

Room E1.320
P.O. Box 2910
Austin, TX 78768
(512) 463-0494
ron.reynolds@house.texas.gov

Office of State Senator Joan Huffman – District 17

P.O. Box 12068
Capitol Station
Austin, TX 78711
(512) 463-0117
Joan.Huffman@senate.texas.gov

Office of State Representative Gary Gates – District 28

Room CAP GW.11
P.O. Box 2910
Austin, TX 78768
(512) 463-0657
gary.gates@house.texas.gov

Office of State Senator Lois Kolkhorst – District 18

P.O. Box 12068
Capitol Station
Austin, TX 78711
(512) 463-0118
Lois.Kolkhorst@senate.texas.gov

Office of State Representative Phil Stephenson – District 85

Room E2.902
P.O. Box 2910
Austin, TX 78768
(512) 463-0604
Phil.Stephenson@house.texas.gov

Weekly Brazos River Outlook

The Brazos River in Richmond is currently at Gage Elevation 20.6. The WGRFC forecast shows the Brazos River through Fort Bend County falling below Action Stage later today. Based on the 7-day extended forecast, no flooding along the Brazos River through Fort Bend County is anticipated.

This Week

Most of our heavy storms remained north of I-10 in Montgomery and northern Harris County. The upper Brazos River watershed did receive some additional rainfall; however, the latest WGRFC Brazos River Forecast for San Felipe and Richmond shows the river levels flatting out later this week. The overall trend continues to show the Brazos River falling. This week we should see sunny to partly cloudy skies with highs in the mid to upper 80s and lows in the mid to upper 60s. Our rain chances are minimal throughout the week except for Wednesday when we have another possible round of severe thunderstorms with the most severe weather remaining to our north, northeast. The latest forecast shows the upper portions of the Brazos River (Waco to Hempstead) possibly seeing up to an inch of rainfall while the lower portions of the Brazos possibly seeing 0.1 to 0.5 inches over the next 7 days. The vast majority of this falling on Wednesday.

Reservoir Status

Weekly Brazos River Outlook

The Brazos River in Richmond is currently at Gage Elevation 17.77. Based on the amount of rainfall that fell upstream of Hempstead, the WGRFC forecast shows the Brazos River through Fort Bend County rising into Action Stage on Wednesday, peaking around Gage Elevation 27.1 on Friday. Based on the 7-day extended forecast, no flooding along the Brazos River through Fort Bend County is anticipated.

This Week

The most severe weather from last week’s storms stayed north of our Region with portions of the upper Brazos River Watershed receiving between 1 to 3 inches of rain. For much of the lower Brazos River Watershed, south of Hempstead, last week ended sunny with minimal amounts of rain (less than ¼ inch). Our dry, sunny weather will continue through the majority of this week with highs in the low to mid-70s and lows in the low to mid-50s. Although there is uncertainty in the forecast, our next highest chance for rain will be Friday through Sunday. The current forecast shows the majority of the Brazos River Watershed, including Fort Bend County, seeing a ¼ inch or less of precipitation over the next 7 days.

Reservoir Status

Weekly Brazos River Outlook

The Brazos River in Richmond is currently at Gage Elevation 23.7. Based on the weekend rainfall, the Brazos River in Richmond experienced a 1-foot rise; however, it continues to fall. The WGRFC forecast shows that the Brazos River in Richmond falling out of Action Stage on Thursday morning. Based on the 7-day extended forecast, no flooding along the Brazos River through Fort Bend County is anticipated.

This Week

After a relatively beautiful 2nd half of the weekend, our weather conditions will continue to be on a warming trend with partly cloudy skies and slight rain chances through Thursday. High temperatures will reach the upper 80s to low 90s into Wednesday before our next cold front arrives bringing our highs into the mid to upper 60s to the mid to upper 70s through the weekend. The confidence in the forecast beyond Thursday is low. Based on the current forecasts, the lower Brazos River watershed could see between 1.0 to 2.0 inches of rainfall over the next 7 days. The forecasts show the majority of that rainfall occurring Thursday through Saturday.

Reservoir Status

Weekly Brazos River Outlook

The Brazos River in Richmond is currently at Gage Elevation 27.89. The WGRFC forecast shows that the Brazos River in Richmond peaked around Gage Elevation 27.97 early this morning and should start to fall. Based on the 7-day extended forecast, no flooding along the Brazos River through Fort Bend County is anticipated.

This Week

The region has some minimal rain chances today with partly cloudy to mostly sunny skies through Wednesday. High temperatures for the majority of the week should be in the upper 70s to low 80s with our low temperatures in the mid-50s to upper 60s. The extended forecast does show an increased chance for rain starting on Thursday and possibly running into early next week. Based on the NWS WPC 7-Day QPF, the upper portions of the Brazos River Watershed, from Lake Whitney (Upstream of Waco) to Hempstead could see approximately 2 to 2.5 inches. The current forecast shows these rainfall amounts decreasing downstream with Fort Bend County potentially receiving 1.5 to 1.75 inches over the next 7 days. The majority of this rainfall could occur Friday to Sunday. The confidence in the extended forecast remains low. It is too early to know the accuracy of these rainfall amounts and its potential impacts on the Brazos River, but based on the current forecast, no flooding along the Brazos River through Fort Bend County is anticipated over the next 7 to 10 days. We will continue to monitor the forecasts for any changes that occur as we approach the middle to end of the week.

Early April Outlook

The NWS Weather Prediction Center has issued/updated their Outlook to start the month of April. Based on the forecast, we have a higher probability of seeing below normal temperatures and above normal precipitation to start the month of April. From NWS Houston/Galveston Office: “The early April weather pattern is forecast to be more cloudy & wet. More frequent western weather disturbance passages will thicken up clouds, produce more precipitation. This will create a “cooling” effect & may provide some relief to our recent drought conditions.”

Reservoir Status

Tax Assessor-Collector Conversion

Dear MUD 46 Residents:

The Board of Directors has taken measures to simplify the taxpaying process and to save MUD residents taxes. The Board of Directors voted to use the Fort Bend County Tax Assessor-Collector to collect MUD taxes, saving MUD residents money and consolidating your tax bill.

Effective April 1, 2020, Fort Bend County will assume delinquent tax collections for the District, and your MUD 46 taxes will be included on your tax bill from Fort Bend County for 2021.

You will not receive a separate bill from MUD 46. To obtain a copy of your bill, please contact the Fort Bend County Tax Assessor-Collector at 281-342-3411.

Weekly Brazos River Outlook

The Brazos River in Richmond is currently at Gage Elevation 15.71 and rising based on the weekend rainfall and upstream reservoir releases. The WGRFC anticipates the Brazos River reaching Action Stage on Tuesday morning and peaking around Gage Elevation 31.1 feet on Friday morning. Based on the 7-day extended forecast, no flooding along the Brazos River through Fort Bend County is anticipated.

This Week

After several days of wet weather, the Region along with much of the State of Texas will see warmer, sunnier weather. Highs for the week should be in the mid to upper 80s with lows in the upper 60s to low 70s before our next cold front potentially arrives on Sunday. Rain chances remain low over the next several days with our highest chance for rain occurring tomorrow. The NWS forecast is showing the majority of the Brazos River Watershed including Fort Bend County seeing less than ¼ inch of rainfall over the next 5 to 7 days.

Reservoir Status

Weekly Brazos River Outlook

The Brazos River in Richmond is currently at Gage Elevation 14.61 and slightly continuing to rise based on upstream rainfall and reservoir releases. Based on the 7-day extended forecast, no flooding along the Brazos River through Fort Bend County is anticipated.

This Week

Another week of cloudy to partly cloudy skies with highs in the upper 70s to low 80s and lows in the mid to upper 60s. Our rain chances remain relatively low throughout the week; however, a shallow cold front should works its way through the region this weekend. This front could increase our rain changes Friday to Sunday. Based on the extended forecasts, the upper portions of the Brazos River Watershed (Waco to Bryan/College Station) could see between 2 to 3 inches over the next 7 days. The lower portions of the Brazos River watershed, including Fort Bend County, could see between 0.5 to 1.5 inches over the next 7 days. The majority of these rainfall totals are toward the middle to end of the week and are subject to change.

Reservoir Status