Notice of Public Hearing on Tax Rate

The Harris County Municipal Utility District No. 71 will hold a public hearing on a proposed tax rate for the tax year 2016 on Monday, October 10, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. at the Harris County Municipal Utility District No. 71 Administrative Building located at 21437 Clay Road, Katy, TX. Your individual taxes may increase or decrease, depending on the change in the taxable value of your property in relation to the change in taxable value on all other property and the tax rate that is adopted.

FOR the proposal: P. Kerr, M. DuBois, J. Elms and P. Smith, Jr.
AGAINST the proposal: (none)
PRESENT and not voting: (none)
ABSENT: K. Thornhill

The following table compares taxes on the average residence homestead in this taxing unit last year to taxes proposed on the average residence homestead this year.

Last Year This Year
Total tax rate (per $100 of value) $0.970 /$100
$0.890 /$100
Difference in rates per $100 of value -$0.080 /$100
Percentage decrease in rates -8.2474%
Average appraised value $137,306 $151,617
General exemptions available (excluding senior citizen’s or disabled person’s exemptions) $0 $0
Average taxable value $137,306 $151,617
Tax on average residence homestead $ 1,331.87 $1,349.39
Annual increase in taxes if proposed tax rate is adopted and percentage of increase $17.52


If taxes on the average residence homestead increase by more than eight percent, the qualified voters of the district by petition may require that an election be held to determine whether to reduce the operation and maintenance tax rate to the rollback tax rate under Section 49.236(d), Water Code.

Questions or comments regarding this notice can be directed to Esther Buentello Flores at the tax office at (281) 499-1223.

Voluntary Water Use Restrictions

Voluntary Water Use restrictions are now in effect due to a mechanical problem with one of District’s 3 wells. A contractor is working on repairing the well and it should be back in service by the end of August 2016. Thank you for your cooperation and a follow-up E-Blast will be sent when work is completed and restrictions discontinued.

Water Conservation Tips

Prolonged, dry conditions puts a strain on Texas water supplies for all uses. It just makes sense not to waste water. Here are a few tips to help you make better decisions about water use:

  1. In the summer, 50 – 80% of all water consumption is used outside and as much as half of
  2. Avoid cutting grass too short, longer blades of grass will reduce evaporation and root stress.
  3. Water in the early morning when evaporation loss will be less, and set sprinkler so that the lawn is watered, not sidewalks, driveways and streets.
  4. Check for and repair leaking faucets and toilets. A leaking toilet can waste more than 200 gallons of water a day.
  5. When it is time to replace water fixtures, ask for water saving fixtures such as low flow toilets, showerheads and water efficient appliances that can reduce your water consumption
  6. For further information on how to conserve water, visit, and

Voluntary Drought Restriction Notice