Harris County Municipal Utility District 374’s Board of Directors voted September 14, 2017 to lower property taxes to 85 cents from the current 92 cents per one hundred dollar taxable value. HC 374 covers Phase 1 and Phase 11 of Cypress Creek Lakes. This is the largest single reduction in the tax rate since the district was formed. The reduction will still allow the district to maintain current facilities and operations. The taxable value of each individual property is set by Harris County Appraisal District so the amount of reduction will vary for each home. Each property owner will see this new rate reflected in their tax statement to be sent in December.
Update on the impact of Hurricane Harvey
No homes were reported flooded in Cypress Creek Lakes phase one and two. The impact of this historic rain event have been felt area wide and we are fortunate the system we have operated effectively. Cypress Creek overflowed its banks sending water on Fry Road from Mound to South of Tuckerton and filling our streets with water as designed.
Thanks are due to the residents that restricted their use of the sewer system during the flood. Water from the flooded streets covered the sanitary sewer man holes bringing four times the maximum capacity of water to the waste water treatment plant. We were fortunate there was no damage to any equipment. We were simply overwhelmed by the amount of water.
Consistent with the practice of neighbors helping neighbors MUD 374 has provided at no charge to Harris County Municipal Utility District 6 the use of a specialized pump to assist with providing waste water to their community. HC MUD 6 serves residents in the Bear Creek Subdivision along Highway 6 and Clay Rd. near Addicks Reservoir and they lost use of their water and sewer system. We have the pump in reserve and have used it in the past when we had a massive failure at our waste water plant.
Water Billing- Not read in August – Used average billing
The street flooding prevented Severn Trent from reading water meters in August 2017. The policy calls for using an average billing for the previous four months to determine the August billing.
Your individual meter will be read in September and your bill adjusted on this accurate reading. MUD 374 will not be charging late fees for bills due in August 2017, delinquent service terminations have been suspended for one month.
This average billing will result in some variation of your water bill for one month.
Water rates from West Harris County Regional Water Authority to increase.
West Harris County Regional Water Authority (WHCRWA) has informed the district they will be increasing the cost for water by 25 cents per one thousand gallons used beginning January 1, 2018. MUD 374 is required by state law to purchase surface water from WHCRWA. The regional authority purchases water from the City of Houston, treats the water and sends it to the local water plant. WHCRWA is constructing new pipelines to bring additional water to our area over the next twenty years. Residents may anticipate additional increases in WHCRWA charges over the coming years.
By using WHCRWA ground water, HC MUD 374 avoids the Harris Galveston Subsidence District ground water reduction fee of $8.46 per thousand gallons for water pumped from the ground.
MUD 374 board is sensitive to the rising cost of water and are making every effort to restrain costs and maintain a quality way of life for our community.
Cypress Creek Lakes POA has a meeting planned for September 27 at 7:15 pm at Warner Elem. 19545 Cypress North Houston. One of the agenda items is the sale of POA property to MUD374. You may see the complete agenda at the link:
MUD 374 Board members
Joe Sykes – President
Mike Owens – Vice President
Jennifer Naedler -Assistant Vice President
Brian Canepa – Secretary
Tom Mohr – Assistant Secretary