PRECINCT 3 ANNEX 11/8 COMMITTEE MEETING SIGNUP
Use this sign-up form to join the Citizens Advisory Committee and let us know if you would like to attend the Thursday, November 8th meeting at 6:30pm at the Precinct 3 Annex, J.P. Courtroom (22333 Grand Corner Dr., Katy, TX 77494).
$15 million dollars in sales taxes to the City of Houston each year.
That is the amount of annual sales taxes that residents pay to Houston in north Fort Bend County alone.
Commissioner Andy Meyers and State Representative John Zerwas, M.D., are seeking input from Precinct 3 residents who live within the City of Houston ETJ on potential legislation that would give self-determination to these residents.
Each year, the City of Houston generates an increasing amount of sales tax revenue within Fort Bend County Precinct 3 through the practice of strategic partnership agreements (SPA) within their extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ). These tax revenues are used to supplement the general fund for the City of Houston within city limits.
The Fort Bend County citizens who pay these millions in annual taxes do not live within Houston city limits, and do not receive direct benefits in return. The City of Houston does not provide Fort Bend Precinct 3 residents with city police, fire protection, road improvements, maintenance, drainage, lighting, amenities, parks, beautification, etc.
Additionally, the City of Houston has no plans to annex these areas of the extraterritorial jurisdiction into the city, and they are not likely to ever do so. The Texas Legislature passed legislation in 2017 that makes annexation of populated areas nearly impossible due to the voting requirements set forward.
Fort Bend County Precinct 3 residents do not have the ability to vote for members of Houston City Council. Precinct 3 residents are taxed and regulated by the City of Houston, but have no representation on the council and no opportunity to vote on how their tax dollars are collected or spent by the city.
Community awareness of this issue has grown exponentially since Hurricane Harvey struck our region and exposed several deficiencies of the large ETJ swath that Houston controls in north Fort Bend County. Commissioner Meyers and Representative Zerwas believe this current system should be changed, and are requesting input from local residents on the disannexation process.
This legislation would allow residents in Houston's ETJ to petition to be disannexed from the City. Citizens would be provided the opportunity for self-determination in their form of local government through a number of options (incorporation into a new city, annexation into a different city, remaining wholly unincorporated, etc.) The eventual decision on what happens after disannexation would be made by residents through public referendum and votes
The Citizens Advisory Committee will be composed of a large number of Fort Bend County residents currently living in Houston's ETJ. This committee will meet regularly to fully examine the benefits, the drawbacks, and the opportunities of potential disannexation. The Committee will also establish several additional panels of residents to look at various other topics and municipal-style services that would be directly enhanced or changed by disannexation.
The organizational meeting of the Citizens Advisory Committee was held on Monday, September 10th at Cinco Ranch Branch Library and we had an exceptionally high turnout. WE EXPECT THE COMMITTEE WILL CONTINUE TO INCREASE IN NUMBERS, so please use the sign-up form to provide your best contact info and to list your interests in regards to this topic, and your availability to participate in educational efforts with legislators and legislative committees in Austin at the State Capitol in the 2019 Legislative Session.