News & Information from the City of Sugar Land
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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.
Plume of Smoke near Nalco
The city of the Sugar Land was notified by Nalco today that they plan to decommission a nitrogen tank on Wednesday, October 28 between 8-10 a.m. The work will create a small plume of smoke, but it poses no health or environmental risk to our community.
The notification is part of our ongoing efforts to maintain close relationships with our industrial and warehousing businesses that includes regular meetings and joint training exercises intended to ensure Sugar Land remains one of the state’s safest cities.
Maintenance of City Hall Phone Services
Please be advised that phone services at City Hall might experience temporary outages from 6 - 8 p.m. on October 28. This period of downtime is scheduled for necessary updates to the phone system.
Non-emergency requests for city services and general questions can also be submitted on the city’s website at sugarlandtx.gov/311 or through the MySugarland mobile application.
We apologize for any incovenience this may cause.
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Halloween 2020 - Trick or Treat or Stay Home?
This year, Halloween may seem a little different to us all. Dr. Joe Anzaldua, Sugar Land's Health Authority, provides some insight and suggestions as this time-honored American tradition draws near.
Update: October 27
Sugar Land emergency planners continue to participate in daily briefings with the National Weather Service to maintain situational awareness about Tropical Storm Zeta. Forecasters tell us that Sugar Land remains outside the area of concern, and confidence is building for the storm to make landfall as a hurricane near southeast Louisiana on Wednesday. Closely follow the National Weather Service and the National Hurricane Center -- the authoritative sources of weather information -- and visit www.sugarlandtx.gov/em for emergency planning resources. Stay prepared and vigilant as hurricane season continues through November. We will provide additional updates if the forecast changes. The following resources will help you stay informed.
- Sugar Land Emergency Alerts
- Flood Risk Alerts
- Real-time Traffic Website
- Centerpoint Outage Tracker
- Levee Improvement Districts
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.