Notice of Public Hearing on Tax Rate

The Fort Bend County MUD 129 will hold a public hearing on a proposed tax rate for the tax year 2022 on September 26, 2022 at 12:00 pm at The Muller Law Group, PLLC, 202 Century Square Blvd, Sugar Land TX 77478. Your individual taxes may increase at a greater or lesser rate, or even decrease, depending on the tax rate that is adopted and on the change in the taxable value of your property in relation to the change in taxable value of all other property. The change in the taxable value of your property in relation to the change in the taxable value of all other property determines the distribution of the tax burden among all property owners.

Visit Texas.gov/PropertyTaxes to find a link to your local property tax database on which you can easily access information regarding your property taxes, including information about proposed tax rates and scheduled public hearings of each entity that taxes your property.

Click here to read the notice.

Home Security Self Checklist

Use this guide as you check your home for safety measures. Boxes marked “no” indicate areas where you could take action to improve your home’s security. These are just some of the steps you can take to decrease the likelihood that you or your home is targeted.

Security Checklist

Exterior Doors Yes No
All doors are locked at night and every time we leave the house-even if it’s just for a few minutes.
Doors are solid wood or metal-clad, or have an exterior security door.
Doors feature wide-angle peepholes.
If there are glass panels in or near our doors, they are reinforced in some way so that they cannot be shattered.
All entryways have a working, keyed entry lock and sturdy deadbolt lock installed into the frame of the door.
Spare keys are kept with a trusted neighbor, not under a doormat, planter, on a ledge, or in the mailbox.

 

Protecting Windows Yes No
Every window in the house has a working lock or is securely pinned.
Windows on the ground floor or easily accessible, are always locked, even when they are open a few inches for ventilation.

 

Garage and Sliding Doors Yes No
The door leading from the attached garage to the house is solid wood or metal-clad and protected with a quality keyed door lock and deadbolt.
Garage doors are all locked when leaving the house.
The sliding glass door has a strong, working key lock.
A dowel or pin to secure a glass door has been installed to prevent the door from being shoved aside or lifted off the track.
The sliding door is locked every night and each time we leave the house.

 

Outdoor Security Yes No
Our house number is clearly displayed so police and other emergency vehicles can find the house quickly.
Shrubs and bushes are trimmed so there is no place for someone to hide.
There are no dark areas around our house, garage, or yard at night that would hide prowlers.
Every outside door has a bright, working light to illuminate visitors.
Floodlights are used appropriately to ensure effective illumination.
Outdoor lights are on in the evening—whether someone is at home or not. Or a photocell or motion-sensitive lighting system has been installed.
Our house numbers are clearly displayed so police and other emergency vehicle can find the house quickly.

 

Security When Away From Home Yes  No
At least 2 light timers have been set to turn the lights on and off in a logical sequence, when we are away from home for an extended time period.
A motion detector or other alarm system (if we have one) has been activated when we leave home.
Mail and newspaper deliveries have been stopped or arrangements for a neighbor/friend to pick them up have been made when we go away for a period of time.
A neighbor has been asked to tend the yard and watch our home when we are away.

 

Outdoor Valuables and Personal Property Yes No
Gate latches, garage doors, and shed doors are all locked with high-security, laminated padlocks.
Gate latches, garage doors, and shed doors are locked after every use.
Grills, lawn movers, and other valuables are stored in a locked garage or shed, or if left out, are hidden from view with a tarp and securely locked to a stationary point.
Every bike is secured with a U-bar lock or quality padlock and chain.
Bikes are always locked, even if we leave them for just a minute.
Firearms are stored unloaded and locked in storage boxes or are secured with trigger guard locks.
Valuable items, such as TVs, stereos, and computers have been inscribed with my driver’s license number.
Our home inventory is up-to-date and includes pictures. A complete inventory is kept somewhere out of the house.

 

Crime Prevention Tips

Fort Bend County Precinct 3 Constable’s Office
Constable Nabil Shike
12919 Dairy Ashford Rd, Suite 300, Sugar Land, TX 77478
281-242-4014

Crime Prevention Tips Every Homeowner Should Know

Fort Bend Constable Precinct 3 Office goal is to reduce crime through education and heightened awareness of our surroundings.

To accomplish this effectively, it is important to remove opportunities for a criminal to take advantage of you and your property. Improving security and promoting a safer environment limits criminal opportunity and reduces monetary losses. A well rounded plan incorporates training to address security, personal safety, and emergency preparedness.

Complying with our recommended guidelines will not make the site criminal proof but may be a deterrent.

No matter where you live, you can protect yourself more effectively by planning ahead. The Fort Bend Constable Precinct 3 Office suggests that homeowners looking to make their home burglar resistant should take a three-fold approach: deter, detect, and delay. Here are essential crime prevention tips to help keep your home a less desirable target for burglary:

Tip #1: Eyes of a Burglar

Walk around your home with the eyes of a burglar. Look for weaknesses–sliding glass doors that could be jimmied off the track, glass that could be broken to gain entry, window unit air conditioners that could be easily removed, and so forth. A committed burglar can usually find a way into a house, but you can make it more difficult for them, and this starts with knowing your property and potential entry points for a break-in. Take a walk around the outside as well and note what pricey items are in view, tempting would-be burglars.

Tip #2: Lock it

Some home owners unknowing create an easy target for burglars by leaving the doors and windows unlocked or open. Remember to lock the doors and windows. Also lock the door leading from the garage to the house, even if the garage door is down. (It’s easy to manipulate.)

Tip #3: Don’t Hide a Key

One day, you forget your keys, and you decide it’s a good idea to hide one under the doormat or one of those fake rocks. That’s a terrible idea. Get rid of that idea right now, and pretend you never even considered it. Give a spare key to a neighbor instead. If you absolutely must leave a spare key outside, put it in a combination lockbox.

Tip #4: Mailbox and Wall Plaques

Limit information you put on your mailbox. Don’t display your whole name on the mail box or exterior wall plaques. It’s easy to look you up, find your phone numbers, maybe even your workplace, and begin to track your movements or assume your identity.

Tip #5: Secure Windows and Sliding Doors

Many sliding doors can be popped off the frame, even when locked. Prevent this by placing a strong steel bar or two-by-four in the back groove, which prevents the door from sliding along the groove and opening.

Place either an auxiliary lock or pin in the door frame. You can do the same with windows.

Tip #6: Be Modest

Prevent your home from being a target by tucking away expensive items. Keep cars and bikes locked and/or in the garage. After purchasing a new piece of expensive electronic equipment, dispose of the box directly instead of leaving it next to your trash can–which lets would-be burglars know you have something new that could bring in great cash. Consider keeping expensive jewelry, cash and treasures in a safe deposit box or hidden safe.

Tip #7: Create the Illusion You’re Always Home

The majority of burglaries take place when people aren’t home, particularly during the day, while the victims are at work. Deter burglars by creating the impression that you’re always home: Leave on lights, the radio, or the television. And if you’re going on vacation for a while, don’t advertise your absence. Arrange for someone to pick up the mail, newspapers, mow the lawn, set out trash cans regularly and park in your driveway.

Tip #8: Secure the Area Surrounding Your House

Trim bushes and trees to discourage burglars from using them as hiding places. Avoid planting low shrubs in front of windows; you may even consider planting thorny shrubs for an added deterrent. And be sure to add lighting outside your home.

Tip #9: Get to Know the Neighbors

Tight-knit communities suffer fewer burglaries because people look out for each other and strangers stick out.

Tip #10: Install an Alarm System

Alarm systems are available at a number of price points, but an effective one should include sensors at entry points, motion detectors inside the house, and a loud outdoor alarm that alerts the entire neighborhood when someone has forced entry.

Tip #11: Routine

Change your routine; Leave the house different times and take different routes.

Tip #12: Lighting

Check your exterior lighting for broken bulbs, dirty covers and insufficient coverage. Repair, replace, clean and or install additional lights. Don’t give criminals the cover of darkness to commit their criminal activities.

Please feel free to call the Fort Bend Constable Precinct 3 Office at 281-242-4014 or Corporal Palacios at 281-725-2815 for any questions.

Supplemental Patrolling

Effective October 1, 2021, the District’s contract for supplemental patrolling continues to be with the Fort Bend County Constable’s Office, Precinct 4.

For non-emergency issues, you can call:

  • During regular business hours (8 AM – 4 PM): (281) 242-4014.
  • Outside regular business hours, you can call the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Department: (281) 341-4665.

Please dial 911 for emergencies.

Law Enforcement in the Riverstone Community

Recently, we have received several questions related to law enforcement within the Riverstone community, and we want to provide clarity on the limited role the MUDs play in that area.

  1. MUDs are not responsible for law enforcement – MUDs can only provide resources (typically funding) to assist law enforcement agencies of the County or City.
  2. The entities with primary responsibility for crime prevention and law enforcement (patrolling, schedules, procedures, etc.) in Riverstone are:
    • Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Department for MUDs 128, 129, and 149
    • City of Missouri City Police Department for MUD 115
  3. The Riverstone MUDs give funding to local law enforcement agencies for supplemental patrolling within Riverstone. Their current contract for these services is with the Fort Bend County Constables (Pct 4) office.
  4. If you have any concerns related to law enforcement in Riverstone, you should address your questions directly to the responsible entities: the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Department, Fort Bend County Constable Precinct 4, or the City of Missouri City Police Department.  They have the ability to change the current patrolling or other law enforcement practices in Riverstone.
  5. Please note that any private security resources outside of the framework described above would need to be done with the approval of your HOA.

Additional Recycling Materials

If you have more recycling than what will fit in your recycling container, Best Trash will collect your additional recycling materials. Please place the additional recycling in a bag, box or container not smaller than 30 gallons clearly labeled “RECYCLE” next to your regular recycling container. Best Trash has provided recycling stickers that may be placed on bags, boxes, and or containers and are available at The Riverstone Club House, 18353 University Blvd., Sugar Land, Texas 77479.

Notice of Rate Increase

As of December 1, 2020, the City of Missouri City will increase its regulatory groundwater reduction plan fee from $2.41 to $2.62 per 1,000 gallons of water used. Your January 2021 bill will reflect the new rate.

Mission Statement

Fort Bend County Municipal Utility District No. 129, through the dedication of its Directors and Consultants, is committed to providing the highest quality of water and sewer service at the most economical costs to its customers and taxpayers.

REMINDER – 2020 Tax Bills

Starting this year, MUD 129 tax bills will be included on Fort Bend County’s consolidated tax bills. You will NOT be receiving a separate tax bill from MUD 129.

The current 2020 tax rate is $0.2925 per $100 assessed valuation. For the 4th consecutive year, MUD 129 has been able to lower its tax rate, while continuing to provide quality services to its residents. If you have any questions, please reach out to MUD 129 by clicking here.