What is a Municipal Utility District?
A Municipal Utility District (MUD) is a local governmental entity organized for the purpose of providing safe drinking water and sanitary sewer service to the areas within its boundaries. Additionally, a MUD can exercise other typical governmental powers, including, but not limited to, drainage relief within its boundaries, the levy and collection of ad valorem taxes, issuing bonds with voter authorization, charge for authorized services, adopt and enforce rules and regulations to accomplish the purposes for which the MUD was created, develop and maintain certain public improvements such as parks and jogging trails, provide solid waste management services, and provide police protection services. However, not all MUDs provide all of these services. While the powers of a MUD may seem very broad, MUDs are one of the most highly regulated and controlled governmental entities in the State of Texas. The powers of a MUD are limited to those expressly provided for in the Texas Water Code and the Texas Constitution and there is significant oversight provided by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ).
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The District is governed by a Board of Directors consisting of five (5) Board members elected by the registered voters of the District, who manage and supervise all affairs of the District. The District’s current Board members are as follows:
- Phillip A. Coleman, President, Term Expires: May 2022
- Richard “Rich” Cole, Vice-President, Term Expires: May 2024
- Marshall J. Cohen, Secretary, Term Expires: May 2024
- David G. Fraser, Asst. Secretary/ Treasurer, Term Expires: May 2022
- Ardis Bartle, Director, Term Expires: May 2024