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A man has been charged in connection with a shooting at a Sugar Land hotel over the weekend Police arrested 44-yearold Sheldon Magee of Houston and charged him with the murder of 38-year-old Kiva Her-

rera, according to a news release from the Sugar Land Police Department. Magee also has been charged with attempted murder of a peace officer as the result of an alleged firefight between him and responding officers. Police say officers responded to a shooting at the Courtyard by Marriott Houston Sugar Land/

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Area man sentenced for child sexual abuse From Staff Reports

Martin Williamson could spend the rest of his life behind bars. According to the Fort Bend County District Attorney’s Office, the 56-year-old Sugar Land man was convicted Aug. 6 and sentenced to 31 years in prison for the continuous sexual abuse of a child. Williamson also pled guilty to possession of child pornography with intent to promote, which carried an additional 15-year sentence. He will not be eligible for parole, according to the district attorney’s office.

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The Memorial Hermann Children's Play Land, shown here, has a water park, splash pad, jungle gym and slides that provide fun for children of all ages while adults take in a game at Constellation Field. (Photo courtesy of Sugar Land Skeeters)

Constellation Field provides fun experience for fans By Landan Kuhlmann LKUHLMANN@FORTBENDSTAR.COM

Erica Flory had never been to Constellation Field before Aug. 3. Now she’s not sure how she went without it. “I didn’t expect it to be this much fun for (my kids), but they love it so much,” she said. Flory, a Katy resident who was in Sugar Land meeting up with friends for the Skeeters’ home game against the Lancaster Barnstormers, thought the experience would be similar to the dozens of other baseball games she

had attended. In other words, she expected having to corral her three kids while simultaneously trying to watch the game and have a good time with friends. Little did she know she was in for the Constellation Field experience – which features much more than the action on the field. A playground, swimming pool, basketball court and patio bar are among the amenities at the home of the A young boy dribbles a basketball on Constellation Field's Skeeters, an independent Sport Court during a Sugar Land Skeeters baseball game. minor league organiza- (Photo courtesy of Sugar Land Skeeters) tion that has used them to help create a fan-friendly gathering spot for resi- and beyond. environment and social dents of Fort Bend County Those features remain

constant regardless of how the Skeeters perform on the field. They are the defending Atlantic League champions and already are guaranteed a playoff berth this year, but when Flory attended, they lost 8-1 in a game marred by a bench-clearing brawl. “Not everybody is into baseball, and we understand that,” said Skeeters assistant general manager Kyle Dawson, who also serves as the team’s vice president for community engagement. “We want to make sure we have the

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Flood mitigation bond replacing facilities on November ballot By Landan Kuhlmann LKUHLMANN@FORTBENDSTAR.COM

Fort Bend County residents thought they would be voting on a nearly $100 million facilities bond this November. That notion has been flipped on its head, though,

as it will be deferred to a later date. Instead, county commissioners will ask voters to approve a flood mitigation bond worth up to $80 million. On Aug. 9, the Fort Bend County Commissioner’s Court unanimously approved a motion by Precinct 4 Commissioner Ken

DeMerchant and Precinct 1 Commissioner Vincent Morales to place a flood mitigation bond on the upcoming ballot. According to DeMerchant, the bond would allow Fort Bend County to leverage $233 million in federal dollars for projects that have been FEMA-approved or

are in the process of being approved in response to damage from Hurricane Harvey, such as drainage projects in Big Creek, the Brazos River, Stafford Run and more. “It stretches our dollars a lot further,” he said. A watershed study undertaken by previous courts is

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where from $68-$80 million, according to DeMerchant – would allow the county to hit the ground running on projects already approved or pending approval that don’t have federal dollars attached. They are needed

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Missouri City theft suspects arrested By Landan Kuhlmann LKUHLMANN@FORTBENDSTAR.COM

Two suspects were arrested and charged in connection with a string of vehicle burglaries in Missouri City last week. According to the Missouri City Police Department, 27-year-old Tony Garner and 26-year-old Sherry Jean Millings were arrested Aug. 6 on charges of vehicle burglary and illegal possession of narcotics. Missouri City Police said in a news release that officers initially responded to an attempted burglary of a motor vehicle in the parking lot of a Kroger store in the 10300 block of State Highway 6. According to police, the female victim was leaving a local restaurant and got into the driver’s

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seat before Garner allegedly entered the passenger door and attempted to snatch her purse. “The victim would not let go of her purse and began yelling and honking her horn, which startled the suspect and fled,” the release read. A short time later, police said there was a second incident at an H-E-B in the

8900 block of Highway 6, where one of the suspects stole the victim’s purse. Following further investigation of businesses in the area, police say they located the suspects’ car at a Walmart in the 5500 block of Highway 6. After police stopped the car, they found the stolen property along with illegal narcotics, according to the release.

Applications open for FBISD Boundary Oversight Committee From Staff Reports

A group aimed at providing community input and guidance for future Fort Bend ISD attendance zone boundary modifications is now accepting applications. Online applications for the district’s newly formed School Boundary Oversight Committee (SBOC) will be accepted through Aug. 25, according to a news release from the dis-

trict. A 2019 FBISD policy modification created the group, which will consist of one community member and three parents from each of the district’s high school feeder patterns. The SBOC will be charged with gaining community input on proposed changes, for the 2020-21 school year and beyond, by holding community meetings in areas that could be affected. “Through the establishment of the SBOC,

our board is ensuring another level of parent and community engagement following each annual enrollment review,” FBISD board president Jason Burdine said in the release. “While changing boundaries is difficult, the needs of all students are at the forefront.” Additional information about the School Boundary Oversight Committee and the online application can be located online at fortbendisd.com/SBOC.

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Grand Parkway completion funding may end up on hold A UTP list, primacy, honoring an agreement, Grand Parkway segments pending…these are key in relation to what is a hot topic in Fort Bend County that’s probably hotter and just as oppressive as the weather these days. These terms refer to a situation about ready to be set in stone, more like concrete or lack thereof, that may impact the future economic development of this area and an evacuation route, both of which will significantly affect lives in this part of the region. You see, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) may take the future development of the Grand Parkway out of its highway plan because it’s a toll road. The major roadway undertaking in Fort Bend County would be gone from a priority list of projects to be funded over the next 10 years. And if postponed, it may be ad infinitum for the completion of the remaining southern road segments of the Grand Parkway in Fort Bend, Brazoria and Galveston counties. This road completion is for the convenience of people getting to and from work, but also for critical evacuation routes, congestion mitigation, connecting our ports to our major commerce centers, for economic expansion and output, Jeff Wiley, president and CEO of the Greater Fort Bend Economic Development Council (GFEDC), told the Star. “Good transportation infrastructure is needed and in Fort Bend we have always focused on that,” he said. “We know how important it is to the success of not only current economic activity, but to future eco-

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nomic activity.” “It’s a regional matter,” added government consultant Marvin Marcel, explaining how TxDOT’s preparatory elimination move about to be presented for final action goes against an understanding about funding the Grand Parkway. Marcel, who represented the GFBEDC during the last state legislative session, said he found out about TxDOT’s intentions about the Grand Parkway project about three weeks ago. A set of recommendations by state agency officials came out of a workshop in June that did not include it, and these recommendations will be heard by TxDOT’s commission on Aug. 19 in Austin before a final action is taken. “There’s something called the Unified Transportation Plan, the UTP, and that program is TxDOT’s list of projects that will allocate resources within a 10-year time frame,” Wiley said. The Grand Parkway has been on the UTP in the past. “I think there’s a political sentiment that suggests toll roads are less popular now for some people than they were in the past,” Wiley said. He also said there’s a preference for not doing significant transportation projects using tolls.

Wiley said transportation infrastructure in our region is equated with quality of life. “And if there was enough state money to fund the Grand Parkway without using tolls, that would be great, but that’s not the reality,” he said. Wiley said the GFBEDC, the Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC), area mayors, four chambers of commerce (including the Fort Bend Chamber and the Central Fort Bend Alliance), Fort Bend Toll Road executive Jimmy Thompson and the Fort Bend Toll Road Authority are equally involved in their opposition about the removal of Grand Parkway from Texas’ transportation plan. He also said a significant campaign was launched locally. This included commentary from State Reps. Rick Miller and Phil Stephenson at a public hearing on the matter just last week. So, why this much fuss about an altered attitude on the part of TxDOT? After all, it’s not unusual for state agencies to change future funding plans. However, in this case, there may have been a breach in what could otherwise be an ironclad understanding between TxDOT and some of the Greater Houston areas associated with the toll road…and it’s in writing! Back when the county entered into an agreement with TxDOT for construction of the Grand Parkway, when former Fort Bend County Commissioner James Patterson spearheaded the effort and even served as chairman of a transportation committee for H-GAC, Marcel said Fort Bend was given “primacy” as it relates to its toll roads. Primacy means the

state of being first as in importance, order or rank. Essentially, if TxDOT reverses course and continues with removing toll roads, it is breaking an agreement made with the Houston region, Wiley said. In Texas, usually a handshake is sufficient for an agreement, “but this is a written agreement and it is only appropriate for the state to honor its agreement to complete the Grand Parkway,” in association with seven area counties affected by the toll road, he said. Wiley further maintains that a current political preference should not impact an agreement already made. “It’s not for me to say politically whether TxDOT should ever engage in tolls roads in the future,” but if the state is not going to honor that, “we have to look for other options,” Wiley said. At this junction, a bright red line is what Wiley proposes – one between new projects and those TxDOT has already agreed to build. Projected growth warranting Grand Parkway completion “We are an 800,000 population county going to a million by 2028,” Wiley said. So, finding ways to move people effectively and efficiently is important “or end up with a degradation of life,” since people will end up on roads longer, he said. Wiley commends both past and present political establishments, noting that they have continuously kept up with community infrastructure needs. Fort Bend’s future development and potential growth could be closely tied to the Grand Parkway corridor segments. This

includes the area west of the Brazos River and south of U.S. 59, Wiley said. It is comprised of the George Ranch properties, Needville, Fairchilds, Pleake, the communities to greatly benefit from mobility and connectivity to the region, when Grand Parkway Segment C is built from U.S. 59 to State Highway 288, he said. Segment C is planned as a 26-mile, four-lane toll road with intermittent frontage roads from SH 288 known as the South Freeway near Rosharon to U.S. 59 South, the Southwest Freeway in Sugar Land through Brazoria and Fort Bend counties. “That could harness someplace in the neighborhood of 30,000-40,000 acres of new master-planned community development,” Wiley said. That’s land across the Brazos River. When the Fort Bend Toll Road connects with the Grand Parkway, as envisioned, this connectivity “will be with a huge amount of de-

Missouri City to host animal adoption event From Staff Reports

Animal lovers in Fort Bend County will have their chance to make a difference in an animal’s life this weekend. This coming Saturday, Aug. 17, Missouri City Animal Services will participate in the

“Clear The Shelters” campaign. The city will host an adoption event from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Missouri City Animal Services shelter at 1923 Scanlin Rd. in Missouri City for people who are looking to adopt an animal. Dogs will be $75, while cats will be $60.

More than 250,000 pets have been adopted through annual events such as “Clear The Shelters” since 2015. For more information on adoption requirements, visit the city’s pet adoption page at missouricitytx. gov/398/Adopt-A-Pet. To find out more infor-

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velopmental land within 30 miles of major employment centers,” Wiley said. That’s why during the last legislative session, he said municipal utility districts (MUDS) and management districts were put in place for future development. That’s right across the river from Sienna Plantation, where the new growth is projected to occur. The money to do it is apparently there, “but the opportunity for the completion of the Grand Parkway over the Brazos River needs to be figured out,” Wiley said. “It bodes well for Fort Bend County’s central and southwest portions to be able to be a significant player in the tradition of how Fort Bend has developed through master-planned communities.” Wiley said this would be “on the scale of The Woodlands.” Could we see a grandfather clause in the making? It may be what is needed to put that Jeff Wiley red line in place.

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Homer-happy Skeeters split on road By Joe Southern

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The Sugar Land Skeeters relied heavily on the long ball while splitting six road games during the last week. D.J. Peterson hit home runs in each of the team’s three wins, giving him four homers in 11 games with the Skeeters. Anthony Giansanti homered twice during the week, while Zach Borenstein, Jason Martinson and Denis Phipps also went deep. Phipps has a team-leading 19 homers for the season, which is tied for second-most in the Atlantic League. Chase De Jong and Troy Scribner provided the best pitching performances for

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Sugar Land, which took a 53-46 overall record into Monday’s road game against the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs. earlier this season. The H-E-B plaza behind the left-field wall boasts an expansive shaded area, a pool pavilion and easy access to the playground. Down the right-field line, children also have access to inflatables and a baseball simulator. “It’s just so ideal for little kids. You’ve got the water park, the play area, you’ve got kid food galore, then you can throw in a little bit of baseball,” Sugar Land resident Judy Hafner said as her 15-month-old granddaughter Jackson splashed gleefully through the water. Operating as an integral cog of the franchise since its inaugural season in 2012, Dawson said the organization’s community engagement brain trust is constantly formulating new ideas – such as replacing a carousel with the Sport Court two years ago – or sometimes going on a whim with in-game ideas such as Kovu the Bat Dog or the Rally Sloth, both of which were introduced this

★ EXPERIENCE, FROM PAGE 1 full entertainment value for anyone who comes to the ballpark.” Just beyond the centerfield wall, the Children’s Memorial Hermann Play Land provides entertainment options for children of all ages. The playground area includes a variety of jungle gym equipment and slides, a state-of-the-art Sport Court of Texas basketball court and a splash pad. “It’s challenging enough for my 8-year-old, it’s a good experience for my 5-year-old, and I love that they have the basketball court for my 14-year-old,” Flory said before the game as she watched her kids run, swing and jump around the grounds. Meanwhile, Constellation Field’s Bud Light Ice House features a view of the playing field, open patio seating and an outdoor grill. It’s also where two postgame concerts were performed

Scribner gave up a solo homer while striking out six in 7 2/3 innings in a 3-1 win against the High Point Rockers on Aug. 6, while De Jong pitched six shutout innings with four strikeouts in an 8-0 win against the Somerset Patriots on Aug. 9. Transactions Sugar Land released pitcher Rogelio Bernal. Upcoming The Skeeters are in the middle of their second 10-game road trip in three weeks. After concluding a fourgame series against the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs on Thursday, they return to Constellation Field on Friday for a seven-game series with

season. The Skeeters rank third in the league with an average nearly 4,500 fans per contest at Constellation Field, a 7,500-seat stadium. Given some of the alternative entertainment options

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Five-year-old Sarah (left) and 1-year-old Jackson (right) splash through the water park and splash pad behind the center-field wall at Constellation Field on Aug. 3 They are among many young fans who take advantage of the amenities at Sugar Land Skeeters homes games. (Photos by Landan Kuhlmann)

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in Sugar Land and Fort Bend County, such as Main Event or Urban Air Trampoline Park, it’s a constant arms race to attract more visitors. “That’s what minor league baseball is all about – having fun, doing the quirky stuff, and fans are loving it. It’s all about listening to your fans,” Dawson said. “It just brings more options to the family, because we’re competing against a lot of different things out there in the market. What we’re bringing is baseball on a more affordable level, and there are a lot more things for the family to do.” Hafner, who lives about 2 miles from Constellation Field, said she and her daughter first brought her daughter’s kids to the park two years ago. And though

the carousel they loved is now gone, the experience remains the same. Hafner said it surpasses the atmosphere of any other professional sporting event. “This is such an affordable experience for big families whose children are not going to sit still in their seats. They can just run around and be kids, and you can still see baseball,” she said. “There’s no comparison between the experiences. If you want to have a family event or outing, this is it.” Flory echoed the sentiment as her youngest daughter Sarah ran through the water park and around the playground. “The kids aren’t bored, and they have something to do,” she said. “Typically at a sporting event, the kids will

sit and watch it for a few innings, but they get bored by the end of it. I think they’re going to enjoy this so much more.” Jackson’s favorite pastime, Hafner said, is the splash pad, where she spent much of her time before the Aug. 3 game. “She loves the water, and she loves to think she’s big,” Hafner said. “She sees the older girls and just follows them around. She’s gotten big enough that she can hold her own out here.” So whether you enjoy baseball, lounging in the pool, knocking back an icecold drink or just a fun night out, Constellation Field brings it all to the table. “You get to bring a lot of new, special memories to people,” Dawson said. “That’s the best part of this job.”

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Methodist Sugar Land diabetes seminar to offer info, advice blood glucose, blood pressure and cholesterol levels under control.” To stay healthy, doctors suggest taking heed of the following steps: - Follow a meal plan developed with your doctor or dietitian - Exercise for at least 30 minutes most days -Achieve and maintain a healthy weight - Take medicine as prescribed - Don’t smoke

From Staff Reports

Anyone thinking they might be at risk for diabetes can attend Houston Methodist Sugar Land’s diabetes education seminar Thursday, Oct. 10, in the hospital’s Brazos Pavilion Conference Center. Experts will shed light on topics such as identifying risks, methods of diagnosis, Type 1 versus Type 2 diabetes and managing the disease. “With proactive lifestyle measures, regular health

care and medication, you can limit complications from diabetes and live

a long and healthy life,” Houston Methodist Sugar Land inpatient diabetes

educator Christine Fisher said in a news release. “You’ll need to keep your

From Staff Reports

Families in need of assistance can now apply for Fort Bend ISD meal plans for the upcoming school year. Applications for the district’s free or reducedprice meals program can be made through FBISD’s new SchoolCafe app. Families may apply at any time during the school year and are encouraged to do so in the event of unexpected circumstances such as the loss of a job. Families who were approved for last school year will need to reapply to prevent a lapse in benefits for the 2019-20 school year. Qualifying criteria for the program includes households with income at or below the income eligibility levels, those receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP),

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- Visit an eye care professional yearly for a complete eye exam - See your dentist twice a year for exams and cleanings. Brush and floss every day - Keep feet clean and dry; check for sores, blisters or problems every day; and treat cuts immediately For more information or to register for the event, visit events.houstonmethodist. org/diabetes-sl or call the hospital at 281-274-7500.

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Hearing loss currently affects more than 36 million Americans and more than half of the people with hearing loss are Snook younger than 65 years old. Terry AuD, FAAA Most Americans consider that hearing loss is a condition that is simply associated with aging and don’t know how to recognize the condition or who is qualified to diagnose and treat the condition. The Audiologists at Advanced Hearing Center have Doctoral Degrees in Audiology and specialize in evaluating, diagnosing, and treating people with hearing and balance problems. Hearing loss can be hereditary and can occur with comorbid disorders and syndromes. It can also occur in premature infants. Progressive hearing loss can be caused by exposure to loud noises, ear infections, trauma, ear disease, illnesses, certain medications, and deterioration due to normal aging. Due to all of the factors that can affect someone’s hearing, we encourage everyone to get a hearing evaluation and to monitor their noise exposure. It is important to be cautious about the noise exposure you are subjected to and to use noise protection as often as possible to protect your hearing. Let’s spread the word about the importance of taking care of your hearing!

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) or children with the status as a foster child, homeless, runaway, migrant farm worker or displaced by a declared disaster, or enrolled in Head Start. Families can contact FBISD’s Child Nutrition Department at 281-6341855 or email mealapps@ fortbendisd.com for more information.

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WATER DISTRICT NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON TAX RATE The FT. BEND COUNTY MUNICIPAL UTILITY DISTRICT NO. 119 will hold a public hearing on a proposed tax rate for the tax year 2019 on September 4, 2019 at 12:30 PM at Allen Boone Humphries Robinson, LLP, 3200 Southwest Freeway, Suite 2600, Houston, TX 77027. 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 of all other property and the tax rate that is adopted. FOR the proposal:

ALAN SHELBY, JEANETTE SPINKS, MICHAEL J. GARZA AND BRIAN KEITH JOSEPH

AGAINST the proposal:

None

PRESENT and not voting:

None

ABSENT:

CAROL RICHARDSON

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

Tax rate

2018 LAST YEAR

2019 THIS YEAR

$0.55/$100 Adopted

$0.55/$100 Proposed

Difference in rates per $100 of value

$-0- /$100

Percentage increase/decrease in rates(+/-) Average appraised value

-0-% $277,658

$277,330

$-0-

$-0-

Average taxable value

$277,658

$277,330

Tax on average residence homestead

$1,527.12

$1,525.31

General exemptions available (excluding senior citizen’s or disabled person’s exemptions)

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★ FLOOD, FROM PAGE 1 now flood control is the most important issue, and mobility is No. 2. We’ve got to figure out how we can weather these storms.” In terms of weathering storms, DeMerchant said the county’s financial health presents another dilemma. “Commissioner Morales and I have partnered with new-and-improved techniques of countering existing issues, which is warranted if the county continues to grow and move forward,” he wrote in a July 18 letter. DeMerchant said Fort Bend County has been doing a “pay-as-you-go” for many projects in the works – such as repairing roofs and air conditioning and road projects – by pulling from the county’s general fund. He equated the practice to continually putting a yearly expense on a credit card as opposed to refinancing or getting a second mortgage. “Fixing flooding and finances was always a given,” he said. “These are long-term financial items that are expensive. Why not get a loan and then pay it off over a longer period of time? We keep using our general fund to pay for all of these projects as recently as last year.” DeMerchant said the county’s general fund balance is well below a healthy figure. The plan to fix that, he said, is to get certificates of obligation from lenders for long-term financing, paying back the county’s general fund and funding its retiree health care. “Commissioner Morales and I realized we’ve gotten to a tipping point. We thought we needed to make it part of a bond referendum,” DeMerchant said. “Even if it’s not part of a bond, it’s something that needs to be addressed by some sort of long-term funding.”

to target drainage and flooding issues in Upper Oyster Creek and Meadows Place as well as road projects. “The taxpayers would be giving us the ability to react if those applications are approved in the next few months,” Morales said. “We would have the opportunity, with voter approval, to address those projects and leverage those projects with federal funds.” While both DeMerchant and Morales acknowledged that facility improvements and expansion are still needed, they said this compromise was the best option. “Maybe in the long run it will turn out to be a good thing, because we wanted to make sure the voters understood that we’re serious about flood mitigation,” DeMerchant said. “That and fixing the finances are 1A and 1B in my mind.” Both said discussions with homeowners and residents in their districts prompted initial discussion about flood mitigation – the need for which was exacerbated by Hurricane Harvey and major rain events on May 7 and June 5. Morales noted National Weather Service data concluded that the past seven years has been the most rainfall the county has received since 1950, and homes in his precinct that hadn’t flooded in 30 years were impacted by such events. “The county is growing, and there is definitely a need as far as facilities and improvement of facilities. Without mobility, if you can’t get from point A to point B, the economic growth will slow down,” Morales said. “There is a need as the county continues to grow for facility improvement and expansion, but the time is not right now. “ One of the conversations I had was that mobility was always tops on their list, but 50-280 (Rev. 6-19/4)

Annual increase/decrease in taxes if proposed tax rate is adopted (+/-)

NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING TO DISCUSS BUDGET AND PROPOSED TAX RATE

$-1.81

and percentage of increase (+/-)

-0.1185 %

Stafford Municipal School District (name of school district) The ______________________________________________________________ will hold a public CivicofCenter Constitution Augustdate, 26, 2019 year) (name room,1415 building, physicalAvenue location) 8 pm on (time, meeting at ___________________________________ in _______________________________________

NOTICE OF TAXPAYERS’ RIGHT TO ROLLBACK ELECTION 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.

(city,Texas state)77477 Stafford, _____________________________________________. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss the school district’s budget that will determine the tax rate that will be adopted. Public participation in the discussion is invited.

The tax rate that is ultimately adopted at this meeting or at a separate meeting at a later date may not exceed the proposed rate shown below unless the district publishes a revised notice containing the same information and comparisons set out below and holds another public meeting to discuss the revised notice. 0.97005 $____________/$100 (Proposed rate for maintenance and operations)

Maintenance Tax

School Debt Service Tax 0.28 Approved by Local Voters $____________/$100 (proposed rate to pay bonded indebtedness)

Comparison of Proposed Budget with Last Year’s Budget

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON TAX RATE The Fort Bend County Municipal Utility District No. 24 will hold a public hearing on a proposed tax rate for the tax year 2019 on Thursday, September 5, 2019 12:00 p.m. at the offices of Allen Boone Humphries Robinson LLP, 3200 Southwest Freeway, Suite 2400, Houston TX 77027. 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 of all other property and the tax rate that is adopted. FOR the proposal:

Robert Atkinson, Barbara Rozell, Robby McGinnis, Deborah Depinet, Myrsine Howard

AGAINST the proposal:

None

PRESENT and not voting:

The applicable percentage increase or decrease (or difference) in the amount budgeted in the preceding fiscal year and the amount budgeted for the fiscal year that begins during the current tax year is indicated for each of the following expenditure categories: 5.4 Maintenance and operations ___________% increase

or

___________% (decrease)

Debt service

2.4 ___________% increase

or

___________% (decrease)

Total expenditures

2.0 ___________% increase

or

___________% (decrease)

Total Appraised Value and Total Taxable Value (as calculated under Tax Code Section 26.04) Preceding Tax Year

Current Tax Year

Total appraised value* of all property

2,843,428,647 $________________

3,127,118,761 $________________

Total appraised value* of new property**

5,391,145 $________________

49,299,823 $________________

Total taxable value*** of all property

2,468,719,496 $________________

2,565,019,152 $________________

Total taxable value*** of new property**

6,209,931 $________________

33,501,908 $________________

* “Appraised value” is the amount shown on the appraisal roll and defined by Tax Code Section 1.04(8). ** “New property” is defined by Tax Code Section 26.012(17). *** “Taxable value” is defined by Tax Code Section 1.04(10).

Bonded Indebtedness 100,020,000 Total amount of outstanding and unpaid bonded indebtedness* $__________________________ * Outstanding principal.

None

50-280 (Rev. 6-19/4) (Back)

ABSENT:

None

Comparison of Proposed Rates with Last Year’s Rates

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

Tax rate

2018 LAST YEAR

2019 THIS YEAR

$1.26000/$100 Adopted

$1.26000/$100 Proposed

Difference in rates per $100 of value

Average appraised value General exemptions available (excluding senior citizen’s or disabled person’s exemptions)

0.00% $184,448

Last Year’s Rate

$

1.053300

Rate to Maintain Same Level of Maintenance & Operations Revenue & Pay Debt Service $ Proposed Rate

$

Interest & Sinking Fund*

Average taxable value

$184,448

$196,161

Tax on average residence homestead

$2,324.04

$2,471.63 $147.59

and percentage of increase (+/-)

6.35%

State Revenue Per Student

$

1.32505

$

9,644

$

888

0.94685

$

0.00000 *

$

0.94685

$

7,361

$

1,143

.97005

$

0.28000 *

$

1.25005

$

9,660

$

1,398

Comparison of Proposed Levy with Last Year’s Levy on Average Residence

$ 0.00

Annual increase/decrease in taxes if proposed tax rate is adopted (+/-)

Local Revenue Per Student

$ 0.271750 *

$196,161

$ 0.00

Total

* The Interest & Sinking Fund tax revenue is used to pay for bonded indebtedness on construction, equipment, or both. The bonds, and the tax rate necessary to pay those bonds, were approved by the voters of this district.

$0.00000

Percentage increase/decrease in rates(+/-)

Maintenance & Operations

Last Year

This Year

Average Market Value of Residences

$

200,053

$

204,282

Average Taxable Value of Residences

$

197,855

$

202,123

Last Year’s Rate Versus Proposed Rate per $100 Value

$

1.04005

$

0.97005

Taxes Due on Average Residence

$

2,473.03

$

2,678.23

$

205.20

Increase (Decrease) in Taxes

Under state law, the dollar amount of school taxes imposed on the residence homestead of a person 65 years of age or older or of the surviving spouse of such a person, if the surviving spouse was 55 years of age or older when the person died, may not be increased above the amount paid in the first year after the person turned 65, regardless of changes in tax rate or property value.

Notice of Voter-Approval Rate: The highest tax rate the district can adopt before requiring voter

NOTICE OF TAXPAYERS’ RIGHT TO ROLLBACK ELECTION 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. Should you have any questions concerning this notice, please contact the tax office at 281-482-0216.

(school voter-approval rate) 0.9833 approval at an election is __________________________. This election will be automatically held if (school voter-approval rate) 0.9833 the district adopts a rate in excess of the voter-approval rate of ___________________________.

Fund Balances The following estimated balances will remain at the end of the current fiscal year and are not encumbered with or by a corresponding debt obligation, less estimated funds necessary for operating the district before receipt of the first state aid payment: Maintenance and Operations Fund Balance(s)

$ 11,912,429

Interest & Sinking Fund Balance(s)

$

2,997,438

A school district may not increase the district’s maintenance and operations tax rate to create a surplus in maintenance and operations tax revenue for the purpose of paying the district’s debt service.


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NOTICE TO CREDITORS Notice is hereby given that original Letters Testamentary for the Estate of Leafa Lee Graham, Deceased, were issued on January 28, 2019, in Cause No. 18-CPR-032317, pending in the Probate Court No. Two (2), Fort Bend County, Texas, to: Sherrie Lynn Jack. All persons having claims against this Estate which is currently being administered are required to present them to the undersigned within the time and in the manner prescribed by law. c/o: Anderson & Smith P.C. Attn: Attorney Wendle Van Smith 7322 Southwest Freeway, Suite 2010, Houston, Texas 77074 DATED the 9th day of July, 2019. Smith Wendle Van Smith Attorney for Sherrie Lynn Jack State Bar No.: 18701400 7322 Southwest Freeway, Suite 2010 Houston, TX 77074 Telephone: (713) 621-5522 E-mail: Wendle1v@flash.net

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BID NO. 2019-31: PURCHASE OF FLEET VEHICLES Specifications and bidding documents may be obtained by registering with Public Purchase www.publicpurchase.com. Sealed bids in triplicate, one (1) original and two (2) copies, shall be delivered to the City of Sugar Land, Office of the City Secretary, 2700 Town Center Boulevard North, Suite 122, Sugar Land, Texas, 77479, on or before 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 29, 2019, at which time bids will be publicly opened and read. Bids received after the opening date and time will not be considered. For questions regarding this bid, please contact Jason Poscovsky, CPPO, CPPB, Contracts Manager jposcovsky@sugarlandtx.gov no later than 3:00 p.m. Thursday, August 22, 2019. The City will award and give notice within sixty (60) calendar days after the opening date and time. NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ENCLAVE AT RIVER PARK PUBLIC IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT ASSESSMENT The City of Sugar Land will hold a public hearing on the proposed 2019 assessment for properties located in the Enclave at RiverPark Public Improvement District at 5:30 p.m. during the City Council Meeting August 27, 2019, City of Sugar Land City Council Chamber, 2700 Town Center Boulevard North. The District was created to finance public infrastructure improvements to the Enclave at RiverPark subdivision, an approximately 54-acre single family residential development located along US59 adjacent to and accessed through the RiverPark subdivision. Developer reimbursement by the City for public improvements not to exceed $2,000,000 plus interest. The proposed assessment for 2019 is $740 per lot. Oral or written objections or input will be considered at the public hearing or you may visit www.sugarlandtx.gov/PublicHearingComment for feedback or information.

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CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION METHODS OF ADMINISTRATION (MOA) Notificación Pública de No Discriminación en Programas de Educación Técnica y Vocacional El Distrito Escolar Independiente de Fort Bend ofrece programas de educación técnica y vocacional en Agricultura, Alimento y los Recursos Naturales, Arquitectura y Construcción, Artes en Tecnología y las Comunicaciones de Audio/Visual, Educación y Entrenamiento de Negocios, Finanzas, Ciencias de la Salud, Hospitalidad y Turismo, Servicios Humanos, Tecnología Informática, Ley y Seguridad Pública, Producción en Fábricas, Mercadotécnia, Ciencias-Tecnología-Ingeniería-Matemáticas (STEM por sus siglas en inglés), Transportación, Distribución y Logísticas. La admisión a estos programas está basada en la selección de cursos del alumno y previamente haber completado satisfactoriamente los cursos requeridos. Es norma del Distrito Escolar Independiente de Fort Bend no discriminar en sus programas, servicios o actividades vocacionales por motivos de raza, color, origen nacional, sexo o impedimento, tal como lo requieren el Título VI de la Ley de Derechos Civiles de 1964, según enmienda; Título IX de las Enmiendas en la Educación de 1972, y la Sección 504 de la Ley de Rehabilitación de 1973, según enmienda. Es norma del Distrito Escolar Independiente de Fort Bend no discriminar en sus procedimientos de empleo por motivos de raza, color, origen nacional, sexo, impedimento o edad, tal como lo requieren el Título VI de la Ley de Derechos Civiles de 1964, según enmienda; Título IX de las Enmiendas en la Educación, de 1972, la ley de Discriminación por Edad, de 1975, según enmienda; y la Sección 504 de la Ley de Rehabilitación de 1973, según enmienda. El Distrito Escolar Independiente de Fort Bend tomará las medidas necesarias para asegurar que la falta de habilidad en el uso del inglés no sea un obstáculo para la admisión y participación en todos los programas educativos y vocacionales. Para información sobre sus derechos o procedimientos de quejas, comuníquese con la Coordinadora del Título IX del programa de educación técnica y vocacional, Meredith.Watassek@fortbendisd.com, 281-6345446, y/o la Coordinadora de la Sección 504 Ronje.Gonzales@fortbendisd.com, 281-634-1242

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REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM The City of Sugar Land seeks qualifications for performing all work required for the following projects in the City: RFQ 2019-30: 1. Surface Water Treatment Plant Expansion 2. Surface Water Transmission Line Routing Study 3. Collection System Rehabilitation (Project E) 4. Wastewater Treatment Plants Improvements 5. Distribution System Water Main Rehabilitation Program 6. AWIA Risk and Resiliency Plan and Emergency Response Plan Plans, specifications, and bidding documents may be obtained by registering at Public Purchase www.publicpurchase.com. Sealed submittals, one (1) original, five (5) copies, and one (1) electronic copy on flash drive or CD, shall be delivered to the City of Sugar Land, Office of the City Secretary, 2700 Town Center Boulevard North, Suite 122, Sugar Land, Texas, 77479, on or before 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 5, 2019, at which time only names of the firms will be read. Submittals received after the opening date and time will not be considered. Questions regarding this submittal must be received on or before 4:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 28, 2019. Please post all questions on Public Purchase www.publicpurchase.com. The City will award and give notice within one hundred and twenty (120) calendar days after the opening date and time.

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County Judge George kicks NOTICE OF 2019 off community resource tour TAX YEAR PROPOSED PROPERTY TAX RATE FOR CITY OF MEADOWS PLACE From Staff Reports

A tax rate of $0.920000 per $100 valuation has been proposed for adoption by the governing body of City of Meadows Place. This rate exceeds the lower of the effective or rollback tax rate, and state law requires that two public hearings be held by the governing body before adopting the proposed tax rate. The governing body of City of Meadows Place proposes to use revenue attributable to the tax rate increase for the purpose of maintaining it’s current infrastructure, revenue and level of service. PROPOSED TAX RATE PRECEDING YEAR’S TAX RATE EFFECTIVE TAX RATE ROLLBACK TAX RATE

$0.920000 per $100 $0.832000 per $100 $0.806859 per $100 $0.796017 per $100

On the heels of his listening tour earlier this year, Fort Bend County Judge KP George is setting out to ensure residents have the resources they need as the school year begins. George conducted the first in a series of community resource tours Tuesday at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Rosenberg. Called the “County Judge on Your Corner: Resource Tour,” the series is designed to provide

★ ABUSE, FROM PAGE 1 The effective tax rate is the total tax rate needed to raise the same amount of property tax revenue for City of Meadows Place from the same properties in both the 2018 tax year and the 2019 tax year. The rollback tax rate is the highest tax rate that City of Meadows Place may adopt before voters are entitled to petition for an election to limit the rate that may be approved to the rollback rate. YOUR TAXES OWED UNDER ANY OF THE ABOVE RATES CAN BE CALCULATED AS FOLLOWS: property tax amount= (rate) x (taxable value of your property)/100

For assistance or detailed information about tax calculations, please contact: Carrie Surratt City of Meadows Place tax assessor-collector 1317 Eugene Heimann Circle Richmond, TX 77469 281-341-3710 Carrie.Surratt@fortbendcountytx.gov www.fortbendcountytx.gov You are urged to attend and express your views at the following public hearings on the proposed tax rate: First Hearing: August 27, 2019 at 6:30 PM at Meadows Place City Hall, 1 Troyan Drive, Meadows Place, TX 77477. Second Hearing: September 10, 2019 at 6:30 PM at Meadows Place City Hall, 1 Troyan Drive, Meadows Place, TX 77477.

“I commend the many detectives who responded and secured critical evidence in this case,” District Attorney Brian Middleton said in a news release. “We are so fortunate to have Child Advocates of Fort Bend to provide forensic interviews of children,

information, resources and services to youth and families within Fort Bend County. Many of the county’s agencies and organizations dedicated to providing services and activities to residents will be in attendance at the free events, which are open to the public. There will be free giveaways, opportunities to register to vote, free back-to-school vaccinations, property tax help, immigration legal advice, passport pictures and applications, back-to-school haircuts for kids, blood pressure screenings, den-

tal/oral health screenings, onsite library card registration, information about county jobs, Hurricane Harvey homeowner assistance and activities for children. “I am so excited to bring this event to Fort Bend County, especially right before the beginning of the school year,” George said in a news release. “I want to make sure that as many people are made aware of this event and have the opportunity to take advantage of the services provided by our county agencies and nonprofit partners.”

therapy for them and other services to children in our community.” Prosecutors Melissa Munoz, Claire Andresen and Craig Priesmeyer said an undercover officer in Australia first made contact with Williamson online in 2016, when Williamson provided the officer with homemade child pornography. The Houston Metro Ar-

ea Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force – including investigators with the Department of Homeland Security, the Sugar Land PD and the Fort Bend County District Attorney’s Office – located and rescued the child in the images, who was younger than 14. “This case exemplifies the importance of our local Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force,” Andresen said. “Without their hard work, this defendant would have continued to abuse this child not only for his own sexual desires, but for the gratification of sex offenders worldwide.” The district attorney’s office said investigators also located thousands of images of child pornography on digital devices belonging to Williamson. Munoz also commended the child for her courage. “No child deserves to be abused and objectified in this manner. Since this defendant is not eligible for parole, he will never again have the opportunity to abuse another child,” she said. “It is never easy to come forward about abuse, and she has shown strength and courage throughout this entire process.”

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NOTICE OF 2019 TAX YEAR PROPOSED PROPERTY TAX RATE FOR CITY OF SUGAR LAND A tax rate of $0.33200 per $100 valuation has been proposed for adoption by the governing body of City of Sugar Land. This rate exceeds the lower of the effective or rollback tax rate, and state law requires that two public hearings be held by the governing body before adopting the proposed tax rate. The governing body of City of Sugar Land proposes to use revenue attributable to the tax rate increase for the purpose of implementing voter approved bond projects, offset by a 2% increase to the residential homestead exemption.

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WHILE WE’RE WAITING SUPPORT GROUP For Bereaved Parents - grieving the loss of a child at any age. Meets the third Thursday of every month, 7 p.m., at the First Colony Church of Christ, 2140 First Colony Blvd., Sugar Land. For more information, call 281-413-2484

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STORY SPINNERS WRITING CLUB Hosted by the George Memorial Library, 1001 Golfview in Richmond. 5:30 to 8 p.m. All levels welcome to write, share, learn and support. Free and open to the public. The program meets on the third Thursday of every month. For more information, call 281-342-4455 or 281633-4734.

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