Office (281) 339-1586
Fax (281) 339-1587
Our regular office hours are
Monday - Thursday from 7:30 AM to 5 PM &
Friday from 7:30 AM to 11:30 AM.
In the event a holiday falls on a Friday, our half-day will be observed on Thursday.
San Leon Municipal Utility District is please to announce that the MUD tax rate should be decreasing by 11% this year. Between taking advantage of the historically low rates to refinance existing Bond debt and continuing to engage in fiscally responsible practices, we are expecting our 2020 - 2021 tax rate to drop from .63/100 to .56/100. With the public hearing and final vote set for September 15, 2020, its not official yet but our financial advisor, engineer and dedicated staff that brings us this positive prospect!!!
San Leon MUD Tax Exemptions
While most MUDs do not offer exemptions, San Leon MUD actually has several opportunities to reduce residents’ taxes: a homestead exemption for San Leon property owners of 10% of the property evaluation or $5,000 (whichever is greater) as well as a $10,000 exemption for homesteaded property owners over the age of 65. To apply one or
both of these exemptions to your property, please contact the Galveston Central Appraisal District at (409) 935 – 1980 or online at http://www.galvestoncad.org/
DUE TO THE RISK OF SPREADING
COVID-19, SAN LEON MUD ASKED THAT IF YOU MUST COME INTO THE WATER OFFICE PLEASE LIMIT TO ONE (1) CUSTOMER AT A TIME. WE ASKED THAT YOU USE THE DROP BOX NEXT TO THE DOOR AND THE DROP BOX IN THE PARKING LOT OR YOU CAN MAKE A PAYMENT WITH YOUR CREDIT CARD ON THE DISTRICT'S WEB SITE AT www.slmud.org
THANK YOU AND STAY HEALTHY!!
It’s hard to believe that the 2020 Hurricane Season is already upon us! The San Leon MUD and the San Leon Volunteer Fire Department are prepared to assist and protect our community in the event of a storm affecting our area. The San Leon MUD will leave water on as long as possible and Blackboard notifications will be sent out in the event we do need to terminate services to protect our reserves. When evacuation orders are issued, please follow these guidelines before you leave: 1) Secure any loose items around your home. 2) Cut off electricity, water and gas at the street level or main line. 3) Do not leave your pets. While we’re all familiar with hurricane preparedness living on the coast, please take some time to review, click on the following link at https://gov.texas.gov/hurricane and follow recommendations from the Texas Hurricane Center and refresh your plans for this upcoming season.
Board meetings are regularly scheduled on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the San Leon Municipal Utility District, 443 24th Street, San Leon, Texas 77539. Meetings are conducted in accordance with the Texas Open Meetings Act and Robert’s Rules of Order. Residents of the San Leon MUD are welcome to attend and observe. A Board of five (5) Directors, elected by the voters in the District, manages and controls all of the affairs of the San Leon MUD under the guidance and supervision of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ). The Board establishes policies and lawfully enforceable ordinances in the interest of its residents and utility customers. San Leon MUD may adopt, enforce and collect all necessary charges and fees in order to provide and maintain District facilities and service. The Board of Directors of the San Leon MUD is a duly authorized government under the laws of the State of Texas. Like all elected public officials, their eligibility for this office, their term, conduct and responsibilities are set by law.
Joe Manchaca, President, May 2022
Kenneth Bishop, Treasurer, May 2024
Kelly Neason, Asst. Secretary, May 2022
Keith Gossett, Secretary, May 2024
Sheryl Hayslip-Bahena, Director, May 2022
ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS FOR DIRECTOR:
To be eligible to be a candidate for, or elected or appointed as, a Director, a person must:
(1) be a United States citizen; (2) be 18 years of age or older on the first day of the term to be filled at the election or on the date of appointment, as applicable; (3) have not been determined by a final judgment of a court exercising probate jurisdiction to be: (A) totally mentally incapacitated; or (B) partially mentally incapacitated without the right to vote; (4) have not been finally convicted of a felony from which the person has not been pardoned or otherwise released from the resulting disabilities; (5) be a resident citizen of the State of Texas, and either own land subject to taxation in the District or be a qualified voter within the District.
In addition, Section 49.052 of the Texas Water Code provides for certain disqualifications for directors. Those include persons related to a developer of property in the district, any other member of the board, or the manager, engineer, attorney or other person providing professional services to the district. Also, a director cannot be an employee of any developer of property in the district or any director, manager, engineer, attorney or other person providing professional services to the district or a developer of property in the district in connection with the district or property located in the district. A director also cannot be a developer of property in the district or serve as attorney, consultant, engineer, manager, architect or in some other professional capacity for the district or a developer of property in the district in connection with the district or property located in the district. A director is also disqualified if he or she is a party to a contract with or along with the district except for the purchase of public services furnished by the district to the public generally. Finally, a director is disqualified if he or she is a party to a contract with or along with a developer of property in the district relating to the district or to property within the district, other than a contract limited solely to the purpose of purchasing or conveying real property in the district for the purpose of either establishing a permanent residence, establishing a commercial business within the district, or qualifying as a director.
What is the San Leon MUD?
The San Leon MUD is a political subdivision of the State of Texas. It is a government authorized to provide water, sewage and other services within the MUD boundaries (or “District”). The District is responsible for constructing, maintaining and operating the physical plants, systems and procedures that provide these services. The standards for these services are set and supervised by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ). Texas laws and statutes, including the Texas Water Code, Texas Government Code and others are the authorities by which the MUD is empowered and by which it operates.
How does the District work?
A Board of Directors elected by the voters in the District manages and controls all of the affairs of the District under the guidance and supervision of the Texas Commission of Environment Quality (TCEQ). The Board establishes policies and lawfully enforceable ordinances in the interest of its residents and utility customers. A district may adopt, enforce and collect all necessary charges, fees and taxes in order to provide and maintain district facilities and services.
Can I have a say in how the Board manages the MUD or in the decisions it makes?
The Board holds regularly scheduled monthly meetings, special and workshop meetings when necessary. Board meetings are conducted under the Texas Open Meetings act and Robert’s Rules of Order. Residents of the District are welcome to attend the meetings. If a resident has an issue or matter to present to the Board, he or she must contact the District office prior to a meeting to be placed on the agenda.
What about MUD taxes?
As a government, the MUD is authorized to raise taxes. MUD tax rates, like all property tax rates, vary according to property values and debt requirements. Initial construction of District facilities and replacement of obsolete or exhausted facilities is paid for through municipal bonds (a form of borrowing). The District collects taxes from property owners who are served by those facilities to settle or “pay off” the bonds. In general, the day to day cost of operating the facilities, i.e. providing the water, sewer and related services is paid for from the fees the MUD collects for permits, inspections and the revenues from the sale of water and sewer services.
Can the District provide for parks, pools and recreation facilities?
In addition to their common functions of water and wastewater service, districts are legally empowered to engage in conservation, irrigation, electrical generation, firefighting, solid waste collection and disposal, and recreational activities (such as parks, swimming pools, and sports courts). The District can even commission a police department.
Does the MUD make a profit by selling water and sewer services?
No. The MUD is not a business. Like any other government agency that collects revenues, it is only permitted to collect what it needs to operate.
There are only 2 people in my home but my bill is always the same amount. Why is that?
There is a minimum charge for water and sewer for each meter in the District. The minimum is based on two thousand gallons (2,000). If you use less, you still must pay the minimum amount. If you use more than the minimum, your bill will increase.
What if my water meter fails?
If the water meter were to fail, it might restrict or block the water from getting to your building. But it CAN NOT register more water than passes through it. In other words, if the measuring mechanism fails, it will just stop measuring, it will not count more water than you receive.
Where does the water I purchase from the MUD come from?
The San Leon MUD purchases the water it delivers to you from the Gulf Coast Water Authority. It is surface water (not well water) and is processed and treated under strict supervision of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Our planet is 90% water which is constantly being recycled.
What is a municipal bond?
Municipal bonds are a long-term funding mechanism that allow municipalities to develop various types of infrastructure, such as roads, utilities, and facilities.
How do municipal bonds work?
Municipalities receive a credit rating from a third-party agency who reviews their financial history and publish an opinion detailing various aspects of the municipality so investors can make an educated decision on purchasing bonds from that particular municipality. (Moody’s recently upheld their rating for San Leon as a mid-level, long-term investment.) When a municipality wants to sell bonds, they are advertised on the open market for a period of time and different investors or investing groups supply bids for those bonds. After the financial adviser has reviewed the bids, a recommendation is given for the best deal that grants the municipality the funds requested without being burdensome on repayment schedule or interest rates. Once sold, the bond funds are placed in a special account that can only be utilized for work detailed in the bond. The bonds are then repaid over time through tax revenues. Bonds also include a period of capitalized interest in the total amount to delay the impact on taxes, allowing for development to increase the tax base and additionally decrease the impact of the additional debt obligation.