News & Information from the City of Sugar Land
“It’s an honor to be the new Triple A home of the Houston Astros. We are excited to partner with the Houston Astros and Major League Baseball. Minor league baseball was first identified by our residents over a decade ago through a visioning process to expand entertainment and tourism. We delivered on our community’s request and built a stadium designed for independent league baseball that could one day be the home of a Triple A team -- that day has come. We look forward to welcoming new visitors to our city who have yet to discover what makes Constellation Field and Sugar Land special. On behalf of City Council and the entire Sugar Land community, I’d like to thank the Sugar Land Skeeters for putting our city on the minor league baseball map and the Houston Astros for their investment in our community and their commitment to the future of Sugar Land baseball. This is a real home run for Sugar Land!”
– Sugar Land Mayor, Joe Zimmerman
Everyday preventive actions can help stop the spread of germs and protect yourself, your family and your community from the flu.
While some of our facilities remain closed for the time being, you can still find plenty of activities here to keep you active, engaged and connected!
COVID-19 Economic Impacts on Infrastructure Rehabilitation
While our proactive and resilient financial management policies have enabled us to withstand impacts from the economic downturn better than most, we are not immune from impacts of the pandemic. Overall, the city is facing and has identified strategies to offset a revenue shortfall of approximately $3 million across all major funds as a result of COVID-19 – including a multimillion-dollar impact in the city’s main operating fund. Ultimately, the final budget reflects reductions to minimize the impacts and continues to place the city in a position for future success, even as we expect to continue to see economic impacts well into the next year. The approved budget provides for continued financial resiliency and maximum flexibility through fiscal year 2021 in an effort to place the city in a position to respond if the recovery is stronger than anticipated or the economy worsens beyond projections.
Budgeted reductions to minimize financial shortfalls include reducing and delaying major expenditures, such as infrastructure rehabilitation like streets, potholes and sidewalks. As an example, we conduct an annual assessment of all city sidewalks in the City. We are currently placing cold patch as a temporary repair to help mitigate trip hazards on any hazard that are greater than 2 inches on all sidewalks throughout the city. Staff will be following up with permanent repairs over the next 12-18 months. As a result, Public Works staff are currently completing the temporary installation of cold patch on sidewalk throughout the City, and once completed, they will begin making permanent sidewalk repairs as funding allows.
This conservative approach and responsible flexibility built into the 2021 budget is another example of Sugar Land’s leadership in financial stewardship and resiliency, and these efforts have allowed us to prepare a budget that is operationally sustainable into the future, continues to offer one of the lowest property tax rates among cities our size, maintains essential services and makes progress on critical infrastructure projects approved by voters.
Learn more about the adopted FY21 budget and tax rate.
City Offices Closed Thursday and Friday
City offices will be closed for regular business on Thursday and Friday (Nov. 26 and 27) in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday.
Solid Waste and Recycling
Residents that utilize Republic Services will have Thursday’s (Nov. 26) collection occur on Friday (Nov. 27), and Friday’s (Nov. 27) collection occur on Saturday (Nov. 28). Residents will also receive an additional bulky waste collection following the holiday. Please reference the online holiday service schedule for more information. (Link to holiday schedule)
Greatwood residents will not receive collection services on Thursday (Nov. 26). If your collection falls on the holiday, you will receive service on your next scheduled service day.
Holidays and the COVID-19 Pandemic
As we approach the holiday season, please remember that COVID remains a threat to our community. We are seeing cases begin to increase again, something we expected to see during the winter flu season.
Staying home and avoiding gatherings is the best way to protect yourself and others from COVID-19. If you must travel or planning to have a celebration, be informed of the risks involved. Read Dr. Joe Anzaldua's suggestions and insight as you make preparations.
Sugar Land has a Mobile App
MySugarLand is the official mobile app for the City of Sugar Land. Available for iOS and Android, the app provides a connection between the City of Sugar Land and its residents and visitors.
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Notice of Adopted 2020 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 4.05 percent and will raise taxes for maintenance and operations on a $100,000 home by approximately $6.00.