News & Information from the City of Sugar Land
What happened to George Floyd was an unacceptable, vicious act of violence. His death was by any measure of professional policing absolutely unnecessary, avoidable and criminal. I think we can all agree that as a result of this horrific injustice, our nation is enraged and is demanding meaningful change, and I share their outrage and expectation for justice.
The Sugar Land Police Department has worked hard to partner with our diverse community to ensure an environment of respect, safety and equitable treatment for everyone. This is reflected in policies and procedures we have in place to ensure police fairness and equitable treatment among the citizens we are sworn to protect. It is my commitment that we continue to hold ourselves to the highest standard of professional conduct and look for new ways to break down barriers between law enforcement and our minority communities.
To this end, we recognize there's a need right now to come together and heal as a community. The public has a constitutional right to peacefully protest, and SLPD stands ready to work with our community to facilitate this need should there be interest. We will also continue working closely with our business community to ensure our community remains safe.
An update from Dr. Joe Anzaldua, city of Sugar Land health authority: May 27
As we slowly resume our normal lives under orders issued by Gov. Greg Abbott, we must continue to protect our most vulnerable populations. A strong economy is important, but the safety of our community will always be our first priority. Until we have a vaccine, we must learn to live with the threat of this disease. Dr. Joe Anzaldua, Sugar Land’s public health authority, has been working closely with staff and regional health officials to gradually reopen businesses and city facilities. A slow, phased approach has been developed that places a priority on the safety of our community while complying with the governor’s orders. These decisions are guided by close collaboration with the Fort Bend County Health Department and guidance from the CDC.
Sugar Land information and updates:
Weather experts tell us little has changed from their previous Tropical Storm Cristobal forecasts, so we remain vigilant and will continue making preparations for the slight chance that our area could be impacted. City employees are preparing plans for emergency response and the continued delivery of critical services, we are maintaining a regular dialogue with our regional flood-control partners, our emergency operations center is on standby and storm drain inspections continue. While we remain just outside the cone of landfall probability, weather experts believe there will be more certainty of the storm’s landfall location by tomorrow morning – Louisiana is currently the highest probability. As we all learned during Hurricane Harvey, levee improvement districts play a vital role in the protection of our community. They construct and maintain levees and other flood control improvements along rivers, reclaim lands from overflow from the rivers and provide for proper drainage of the reclaimed lands that they protect. Learn more about our LID partners on our Levee Improvement Districts web page. There are nine LIDs that operate over the majority of Sugar Land. It is highly encouraged for residents to be aware of their respective LID and be informed about their activities. During emergency events, such as an extreme rain event, LIDs activate their respective Emergency Action Plans which outline actions to be taken by the LID in response to such emergencies.
Other helpful sites:
- Centerpoint Outage Tracker
- National Weather Service
- Rain Gauge Notification
- Brazos River Forecast -- Richmond Guage
What can you flush?
Controlled Flaring of Natural Gas by Atmos Energy
The Sugar Land Police and Fire Departments, 911 operators and local officials have been advised by Atmos Energy that they will oversee a controlled flaring of natural gas on Monday, June 8 through Wednesday, June 17 from approximately 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. south of University Boulevard at the end of Elkins Road in Sugar Land.
This process, which will result in a large, controlled flame and moderate noise, allows the company to work on a section of natural gas pipeline in the area as part of normal,
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Notice of Adopted 2019 Tax Rate
The City of Sugar Land adopted a tax rate that will raise more taxes for maintenance and operations than last year's tax rate. The tax rate will effectively be raised by 9.48 percent and will raise taxes for maintenance and operations on a $100,000 home by approximately $15.74.
The city tax bill for the average value home of $375,289, with a 12% homestead exemption will increase by $24 compared to last year’s tax bill.