Frequently Asked Questions
If you live in Cinco Municipal Utility Districts No. 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 14 or Fort Bend MUD No. 124, and pay a water bill to Cinco Municipal Utility Districts Nos. 1 through 14, you are a resident of the District.
Please notify the Fort Bend Central Appraisal District or the Harris County Appraisal District. Their respective websites are www.fbcad.org and www.hcad.org.
The District’s current tax rate is $.0.185 per $100 of assessed value for tax year 2015.
You will receive a tax bill from the Fort Bend County Tax Assessor/Collector office even if you live in Harris County. You should remit payment as indicated on the bill.
The Willow Fork Drainage District (the “District”) is a separate political entity that was created to build and maintain the drainage facilities in the Cinco Ranch area. The District tax pays for the construction of drainage infrastructure and ongoing maintenance of district facilities. Harris and Fort Bend Counties collect taxes from all residents in their county for all county services, including roads and some drainage infrastructure.
The District levies its tax based on values that have been certified by the Fort Bend or Harris County Central Appraisal Districts. If you want to confirm values, protest values, or have a question about certain exemptions, you can contact the applicable appraisal district. The instructions for the process are on your appraisal notice. The web address for Fort Bend Central Appraisal District is www.fbcad.org. The web address for the Harris County appraisal district is www.hcad.org. The web address for multiple county CAD is: http://www.txcountydata.com.
The bills are generally mailed out in October for the current tax year or as soon as possible. Taxes are delinquent after January 31 of the following year. For example, 2012 tax bills were mailed in October 2012 and were delinquent after January 31 of 2013.
Willow Fork Drainage District offers an exemption from taxation of $50,000 of the appraised value of residence homesteads for taxpayers over the age of 65 or for disabled persons living in the District. No person may claim both exemptions, but a person qualifying for both may choose the exemption he or she wishes to apply to his or her property. You should file for this exemption with the Fort Bend Central Appraisal District.
Please contact the District’s maintenance company, Champions Hydro-Lawn, Inc. at (281) 445-2614.
The District provides mowing and maintenance services to the land in and adjacent to the District's drainage ditches. The District does not maintain, mow or edge the areas adjacent to fences next to the District's ditches because those fences are not within the District's property. All homeowner fences should be located on the homeowner's property and not within the District's right of way. Any mowing or maintenance adjacent to fences should be performed by the homeowner. If you believe it is District property that needs to be mowed, please contact Champions Hydro-Lawn at (281) 445-2614.
The District holds a regular public board meeting on the second Thursday of every month at 11:30 a.m. and a parks-related board meeting on the fourth Wednesday of every month at 12:30 p.m. at Willow Fork Country Club, 21055 Westheimer Parkway, Katy, Texas 77450. Meeting notices are posted monthly at 21055 Westheimer Parkway, Katy, TX 77450, in the Harris County Courthouse and in the Fort Bend County Courthouse.
The District’s Rules and Regulations strictly forbid access by any property owners on the District’s drainage ditches for any type of construction activity. The District takes seriously any use of District property for building access. The District may fine the homeowner and will bill the homeowner for any damages to the District’s property. In some circumstances, the District may permit construction activity if the homeowner signs an access agreement with the District and gives the District a required deposit. Please contact the District’s attorney, Allen Boone Humphries Robinson, LLP at (713) 860-6426 for inquiries as to an access agreement. Use of motorized vehicles is also strictly prohibited on all District properties.
The District has completed phase I and part of phase II of the parks master plan, which includes: 10 school-based parks completed in August 2012; Central Green community park completed in June 2013; and Exploration Park competed in June 2015. Please refer to the parks tab of the website for the most current park information.
The District maintains Central Green and Exploration Park and will maintain Willow Fork Park upon its completion in 2016. The District also maintains and will maintain all trails associated with WFDD channels and parks. School-based parks completed in August 2012 are the property of KISD and are maintained by KISD or the individual school's PTA. Freedom Park is owned and operated by Fort Bend County. Currently, the District also maintains approximately 30 miles of drainage channels.
The District currently has an arrangement with the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s office where it hires off-duty officers to patrol the drainage ditches.
The parks and trails are open to the public. KISD will have priority of the school-based parks during school hours and for structured after school activities.
The District has posted signs along the drainage channels with the number of the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s office. To report illegal activity call (281) 341-4665.
The streets and related drainage system are constructed and maintained by the municipal utility district where the residence is located. If a resident has concerns or questions about levels of water in front of his house, a resident should call the Cinco municipal utility district’s operator, Severn Trent, at (281) 578-4200.
Citizens should call the District’s maintenance company, Champions Hydro-Lawn, at (281) 445-2614. Champions will inspect and either bring the matter to the Board’s attention or direct them to the appropriate party.
Call Patti Hopper at Allen Boone Humphries Robinson, LLP, the District’s law firm, at (713) 860-6426, or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org and she will direct you to the appropriate party.