Notice of Public Hearing on Tax Rate

Fort Bend County Municipal Utility District No. 46 will hold a public hearing on a proposed tax rate for the tax year 2020 on Tuesday, September 22nd at 11:00 a.m.by videoconference at https://zoom.us/j/95839244228 and by teleconference at +1-346-248-7799Meeting ID: 958 3924 4228.

Your individual taxes may increase at a greater or lesser rate, or even decrease, depending on the tax rate that is adopted and on the change in the taxable value of your property in relation to the change in taxable value of all other property. The change in the taxable value of your property in relation to the change in the taxable value of all other property determines the distribution of the tax burden among all property owners.

District Updates

Hello Residents!

The Board of Directors of Fort Bend County MUD No. 46 would like to offer some recent updates going on within our District. We hope these will allow everyone to stay up-to-date with our activities and understand how we are here to better serve you!

Belmont Shore Walking Trail

As many of you have seen or even begin to utilize, we have designed and completed an overlapping 1-mile walking trail around the detention pond within the Colony Lakes neighborhood. The trail allows our residents to enjoy fresh air while appreciating time for health and wellness. We have installed multiple benches and trash receptacles around the trail for your convenience as well as informative signage regarding the trail. We hope everyone is able to check out our new project and benefit from it.

New Fountains

We have authorized the installation of two new fountains within the Belmont Shore detention pond to add to the aesthetics of the new walking trail.

New Fencing

New fencing has been installed on the west side of the walking trail to prevent hogs and alligators from entering the trail and detention pond. The fence will add another layer of security to keep our residents safe while using the walking trail.

Pump Station

The design phase of the construction of a District pump station is well underway. A pump station allows the district to better manage the flow of water during heavy rain conditions and to prevent flooding within the District.

Mowing Services

We have recently hired Gruene Landscaping to maintain the fine mowing around the detention pond and surrounding areas. We look forward to working with Gruene Landscaping and their efforts to keep our walking trail looking beautiful.

MUD Property Taxes

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.

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.

Tax Savings Opportunities

Fort Bend County Commissioner Ken R. DeMerchant on Tuesday announced that yet another entity has taken steps in the right direction to generate tax savings for its residents. Municipal Utility District (MUD) 46 became the newest member to join in an Interlocal Agreement with Fort Bend County Tax Assessor/Collector. In doing so they will receive a 97% savings.

Last year Commissioner DeMerchant worked closely with Levee Improvement District (LID) 14 to find ways to lower the tax burden on its residents. The result was a 22% tax cut and a tax savings of 4 cents for each of its residents. By working out an agreement with LID 14 to collect LID taxes using the Fort Bend County Tax Assessor/Collector, assisted in a LID tax savings of 98%.

As promised Commissioner DeMerchant continues to evaluate, analyze, and brainstorm on fresh and innovative ways to pass on tax savings to the residents of Precinct 4.

DeMerchant stated, “It’s working smarter to find alternative solutions such as reducing wasteful spending and using those savings where they matter most, is what is important for the wellbeing of our County.”

Belmont Shore Trail Project Update

The Belmont Shore Trail project is nearing completion. Installation of landscaping and irrigation will be completed this month so we can ring in the New Year with this completed project.

FEMA 2.0 – Risk Rating

Recognizing that purchasing flood insurance can be confusing, FEMA, through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is redesigning its risk rating system to improve the policyholder experience. “Risk Rating 2.0” aims to leverage best industry practices in hopes of better reflecting a property’s unique flood risk. The current rating methodology has not changed since the 1970s and is heavily dependent on the 1-percent-annual-chance-event, whereas Risk Rating 2.0 will incorporate a broader range of flood frequencies. FEMA will pair new technology with the NFIP’s mapping data to establish a new risk-informed rating plan. FEMA is hopeful that these models, in combination with the ability to leverage the mapping data will provide a better understanding of risk. FEMA is also building a new rating engine to help agents easily price and sell policies, and help policyholders to better understand their property’s flood risk. New rates for all single-family homes will go into effect nationwide on October 1, 2020.

Ken R. DeMerchant, the County Commissioner for Fort Bend County – Precinct 4, has written a letter to Senators Cornyn and Cruz, and Congressmen Green and Olson regarding his concerns about the potential negative impact Risk Rating 2.0 could have on residents’ insurance policies. Among other issues, Commissioner DeMerchant seeks to make sure that Risk Rating 2.0 does not make flood insurance unaffordable or punish residents that currently carry flood insurance. Moreover, Commissioner DeMerchant voices his concern about whether the program would acknowledge local efforts to mitigate flood risks, as the Fort Bend County levee system has provided significant protection. Commissioner DeMerchant has asked that residents of Precinct 4 support his letter and work to stop any negative impacts from Risk Rating 2.0 to help ensure that any new NFIP authorizations take into consideration Fort Bend County’s successful efforts to build and maintain flood control infrastructure. You can view Commissioner DeMerchant’s letter and vote your agreement with his letter at the following website: https://www.fortbendcountytx.gov/government/governing-body/commissioners-court/commissioner-precinct-4/fema-risk-rating-2-0. It is very important to show your support for Commissioner DeMerchant in this matter as Risk Rating 2.0 could adversely affect residents within the precinct and District.

Learn more about Risk Rating 2.0 here:
https://www.fema.gov/nfiptransformation

Update: Park Construction

Fort Bend County Municipal Utility District No. 46 has kicked off construction on a loop trail around the existing detention basin off of Belmont Shores Lane. The trail will be concrete and include mileage markers, an educational sign, benches and landscaped nodes.