Click ^ for more information. Some of these benefits are so significant they alone justify incorporation; taken together it's imperative we vote For Incorporation.
Residents will be able to come to the City and address their City Council personally. The City is a one stop resolution entity; moreover, a city will see our community holistically. For example, while groundwater pumping may provide access to cheaper water, relative to surface water, a city recognizes that faulting and subsidence are bad in terms of flooding and road repairs. This coordination of services, as a city, is to the benefit of residents. The completely separate governmental entities, that we're managed by now, are harder for residents to keep track of and their alternative overall goals don't always work in residents' best interests.
Of course our MUDs will not automatically be adopted on incorporation but incorporation provides the means to one day consolidate our MUDs into an efficient city water department.
As a City, we have the authority to freeze property taxes for the disabled and over 65 year old population. This feature is part of the incorporation planning budget already.
Current freedom from annexation depends on current law, but laws can change. Just like the current law passed only recently, a future law could rescind it. Incorporation eliminates annexation risk forever.
Howard Hughes Corporation (a private company) alone controls our easements (as shown by the anti-incorporation billboards they’ve installed all over The Woodlands). After incorporation, easements will be controlled by the residents of the Woodlands, through the City of The Woodlands.
Becoming a City will give us recognition and make us eligible for project funding that we otherwise would not be eligible for. We will be a recognized government entity like the cities around us (Shenandoah, Oak Ridge, etc).
See ARPA funding video on the ForIncorporation.com "Videos" page for more detail and comparisons of what The Woodlands could have received just by virtue of being a city. Short on time? Go to minute marker 2:11 of that video.
Instead of being called Conroe or Spring, we’ll finally be ‘The Woodlands’ according to the post office.
As a City, we will be able to have control over all zoning issues. Now, we have no control and planning and zoning is done in Houston and Conroe because we're in their Extraterritorial Jurisdiction. Interested in seeing what powers that continues to give Houston and Conroe were we to decide not to incorporate? - see our "ETJ Powers" link on the menu.
We are the number one CITY(per Niche) due to our quality school districts, the work by The Township (parks, park and rides, etc), the businesses (jobs), our location (George Mitchell) and weather (mother nature). Governance has nothing to do with it. There's a separate tab on the Niche # 1 Rating elements if you're interested in more information about how that grade was determined.
Our law enforcement services will not change. We have a funded 5-year transitional plan in place for law enforcement. Streetscape has been our responsibility and is budgeted in our 5-year plan and beyond.
The City of The Woodlands will have full control of our roads, which now are fractionally controlled by Montgomery and Harris counties.
The future city can consider the benefits of adopting the 11 MUDs, but is not obligated to adopt them. Once each MUD's debt is paid off the savings would be significant. In addition, a city with control over roads and flooding will be motivated to avoid subsidence and the negative effects of excessive groundwater pumping.
Each area is currently taxed by Township and MUDs. With Incorporation and with eventual MUD adoption we'd be able to eliminate MUD property taxes altogether.
Residents can attend Township meetings without leaving the Woodlands and all Board members are available via published emails. Township videos are also available online (all meetings are accessible to us and as the site creator I've been able to share public information with you). How transparent and how appropriate for your government to be!
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* Electing leaders that work for us and only us
* Making our own decisions on roads and road expansions
* Local decisions on development changes (re-plats)
* Reduction of bureaucracy by eliminating fragmented government
* Single point focus on drainage and flooding
* Don't allow new or re-developed areas to flood neighbors
* Unified police patrols and community policing
* Formal recognition as a city by post office, feds and state
* Economic development tools (RDZs)
* Permanent freedom from annexation regardless of current legislation or contract