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History

Harris County Municipal Utility District No. 304 was established on May 1, 1985 by an Order of the Texas Water Commission, presently known as the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (the “Commission”), under the provisions of Chapters 49 and 54 of the Texas Water Code, as a separate government entity, empowered to purchase, operate and maintain all facilities, plants and improvements necessary to provide water, wastewater, storm sewer drainage and recreational services for the “Residents”, and businesses of the District. The District is recognized as a political subdivision of the State of Texas governed by an elected Board, consisting of 5 Members (Directors), and as otherwise, Public Officials.

The District is fiscally strong and managed well by the Board, and on the consultation of its attorneys for the District, Advisors, Consultants, Vendors, and the Board’s mandate to make sound decisions based on these recommendations. Thus, its monetary commitment focuses on the performance of two major Governmental Funds: General Funds and Debt Service Funds.

It is historically this Board’s position to manage the District’s functions by being cognizant of several acts of policies.

  • Keep property value high.
  • Keep taxes low and/or maintainable not to risk loss of revenue needed from taxes.
  • Pay off debts.
  • Be cost effective with expenditures, and to increase savings where warranted.
  • Invest in the District to improve daily quality of life.
  • Protect and secure the infrastructure as well as the Residents and the public.

In 2004 the District introduced for the first time in its history a “Resident” controlled Board. It was headed up by Gregory Witherspoon, with Jonathan Ward, and Leonard Cummings, Jr., shortly thereafter, Ann-Toinette Johnson-Preston in 2005 followed by Herbert “Herb” Harris, Jr., and Elvis Anderson. Also, during a brief interim period, Eric McLemore, and ultimately Debra Williams and Rosalind Caesar. A “Resident” Board are those who have been vetted to meet the requirements of being on the Board as set forth by the legal perimeters. Our goal primarily is for “all” of us to have a quality of life.

The strength and character of the District is the diversity of its people and a zeal that entails a spirit of always reaching far beyond a boundary.