In 2015, The Woodlands Township finds itself in the fortunate position of creating value for residential and commercial investors. Growth in the community must be continually addressed, and we are doing this at The Woodlands Township in many ways.
The Township’s approved 2015 adopted budget resulted in a substantially decreased property tax rate. The rate decreased to 25 cents per $100 of valuation, a 4.4 cent decrease (15 percent) from the 2013 property tax rate of 29.4 cents. This action was taken while maintaining service levels, increasing public safety services, increasing community maintenance and creating a plan to reduce long-term debt. Although the Township is not a municipality, it serves as the official governing body of The Woodlands.
Transportation and mobility are key in The Woodlands, and the Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) awarded The Woodlands Township a grant to purchase 25 new buses for The Woodlands Express (also known as the park and ride), the commuter transit system which provides weekday service from The Woodlands to destinations in Houston. The Woodlands Express is widely regarded as one of the most successful commuter bus services in the country, accounting for over 26 million passenger miles annually.
Another top service for residents, The Woodlands Fire Department earned the prestigious ISO rating of 1 from the Insurance Services Office (ISO), Inc.’s Public Protection Department. There are only 60 out of 47,000 communities nationwide that have achieved this status, according to ISO records. The Township’s ISO 1 classification took effect May 1, 2014.
Last year marked the 40th anniversary of The Woodlands as a community, and the Township
coordinated a memorable celebration for residents with assistance from The Woodlands Development Company, Anadarko and The Woodlands Waterway Arts Council’s education outreach, Because Art Matters. The event included art and history exhibits, remarks from elected officials, involvement of early pioneers of The Woodlands, as well as live music from local entertainers.
Our resident survey was recently completed and reported high marks from Township residents on services. This is encouraging to the Township Board as we strive to continually improve our services, we are glad to hear that people enjoy their lives in The Woodlands.
Your Township Board of Directors and staff will be addressing numerous challenges and opportunities in 2015. Some of these include:
• Develop implementation and financing strategies for Transit study recommendations.
• Consider strategies for enhancements to parking and mobility in the Town Center including expansion / improvements to the existing trolley service.
• Work with SJRA to complete the restoration of the street boulevard and right of way areas impacted by the water line installation.
• Complete remodeling of Fire Station #2, anticipated mid-2015.
• Develop plans and complete renovation of Northshore Park.
• Review recommendations for enhancement of community maintenance initiatives, including increased streetscape maintenance and cul-de-sac island matters.
• Discuss the development of a master plan for bike/pedestrian needs in The Woodlands.
• Continued water conservation planning and communication.
• Determine options and viability for Waterway/Town Center and parks security camera and Wi-Fi coverage on Township property.
• Continue to improve communication with constituents, enhance social media communications.
• Continue high quality services for residents and businesses.
We hope you take interest in what is happening in The Woodlands Township. Our website covers much information, and you’re always welcome to attend our public meetings or watch “live” online through our website at www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov. Just click the Public Meetings Video icon.
Chairman of the Board
The Woodlands Township