Fire Protection Fee Increase

State law authorizes Municipal Utility Districts (MUDs) to enter into contracts to provide fire protection services for property located within the MUD. Pursuant to a written fire plan approved by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and the voters of Fort Bend County MUD No. 146 (FBCMUD146), FBCMUD 146 has entered into a Fire Protection Agreement with the City of Richmond (the “City”) for the City to provide fire protection services to property located within FBCMUD146. FBCMUD146 generally receives fire protection services from the fire station on Mason Road approximately one mile south of the District. Under the Fire Protection Agreement, FBCMUD 146 collects from its customers and then pays to the City a mandatory monthly fee for fire protection services based upon the number of residential homes and apartment units and the square footage of non-residential property located within the District.

The terms of the Fire Protection Agreement provide for an annual inflation adjustment of the monthly fire protection fee, which is calculated based upon the change in the published Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers, known as the CPI-U, and occurs each year on October 1st.

Based on this calculation, beginning on October 1, 2017, the monthly fire protection fee paid to the City by the District will be increased from $11.35/month per connection to $11.54/month per connection.

Click on the following link to submit questions/comments: http://www.fbmud146.org/contact/.

Fort Bend County Toll Roads Resume Tolling Monday

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Fort Bend County, Texas — The Fort Bend County Toll Road Authority ceased all tolling on Sunday, August 27, 2017 in coordination with tolling partners in the Houston area to facilitate easier transportation following the impacts of Hurricane Harvey.

After several days of conversations and discussions we have determined that the resumption of tolling in Fort Bend County will begin on Monday, Sept. 11th for the Fort Bend Parkway from Beltway to south to Sienna Parkway and the Grand Parkway (SH-99) from Westpark south to I-69 (US-59). On Wednesday tolls will resume on the Westpark Tollway from the Fort Bend County line west to SH-99. None of the three Fort Bend County toll roads have non-tolled alternatives.

Harris County Toll Road Authority (HCTRA) may resume tolling soon but they do not have a specific date at this time. For information about the resumption of tolls on HCTRA-managed roadways, see https://www.hctra.org/. TxDOT will also resume tolling soon but could not provide a firm date at the time of writing.

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