WHAT IS A MUNICIPAL UTILITY DISTRICT
A municipal utility district (MUD) is a special governmental entity created and empowered by the State of Texas and is regulated by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TECQ) to purchase, construct, operate and maintain all works, improvements, facilities, and plants necessary for the supply of water, the collection and treatment of wastewater. and the control and diversion of storm water. A MUD's main function is to provide water and wastewater services and maintain drainage facilities within its boundaries. A MUD may collect taxes, charge for services, condemn property, enforce restrictive covenants and make regulations to accomplish its purposes.
MUD No. 373 is a political subdivision of the State of Texas. The District is located entirely within Harris County, Texas. It was created to provide services to the Seabrook Island Community as a conservation, reclamation district and a municipal utility district. Our location is approximately 22.5 miles southeast of the central business district of the City of Houston. The District, which consists of about 151 acres, is located entirely within the City of Seabrook, Texas , and abuts the City of El Lago to the south. The District is adjacent to Lake Point Forest subdivision to the north, Taylor Lake to the north and west, and Taylorcrest Section Two to the south. To the east of the District is a 100’ Southern Pacific Railroad right of-way and a 100’ State Highway 146 right-of-way. Taylor Lake is the primary drainage outfall facility. The District is primarily surrounded by residential development and Taylor Lake is a natural and recreational feature. The NASA — Johnson Space Center is located approximately 2.5 miles west of the District and Galveston Bay is about 2.5 miles east. Clear Lake is about 2.0 miles south of the District.
MUD 373 is a municipal utility district created by order of the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission, predecessor to the (TECQ), dated September 17, 1999, and by a confirmation election held within MUD 373 on November 2, 1999, and operates pursuant to the provisions of Article XVI, Section 59 of the Texas Constitution and Chapters 49, 50 and 54 of the Texas Water Code, as amended, and other general laws of the State of Texas applicable to municipal utility districts.
The Directors are elected and serve four-year terms. The Board of Directors for MUD 373 are responsible for the management oversight of the engineering, contracting and construction of the water, sewer and storm water managements systems and may develop park and recreational areas within the district boundaries which encompass the Seabrook Island Subdivision. The District is to oversee the bond applications, bids, selling and management of bonds proceeds which are use to pay for the construction of the utility system. MUD 373 is also responsible and accountable for setting and collecting the taxes used to pay for the bond issues, general operational and construction budgets of the District.
Through a mutual agreement, the City of Seabrook, Texas was granted the right to operate and maintain the water, sewer and storm water management systems for each of the development phases upon completion and acceptance of systems. This agreement provides the residents of the District a quality utility system with an operation and maintenance cost that is far less than if the District had to develop the supply and processing systems.