Ask the editor: What is a public improvement district?

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Tomball City Council will hold a public hearing Nov. 6 regarding the creation of a public improvement district. The PID is slated for 13.6 acres northeast of the intersection of Agg Road and South Cherry Street, according to a public notice.

While also an economic development tool, a PID is different from a municipal utility district. A MUD is an independent limited government entity that can levy a property tax indefinitely to fund district improvements. However, a PID charges residents a fee only for a limited period of time, Tomball City Manager George Shackelford said. Once a PID matures, homeowners are no longer subject to any associated fees, Shackelford said. Property owners within a MUD, however, get no relief from an increased tax levy.

Shackelford said the PID is slated for a future subdivision. According to the notice, improvements are estimated to total $1.9 million for the life of the PID.

The city maintains the infrastructure in a PID once public improvements, such as public streets and utilities, are constructed, Community Development Director Craig Meyers said.
By Anna Lotz

Editor, Tomball/Magnolia & Conroe/Montgomery

Anna joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in May 2016 after graduating with a degree in journalism from Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio. In July 2017, she transitioned to editor for the Tomball/Magnolia edition. She began covering the communities of Conroe and Montgomery as well in 2020. Anna covers education, local government, transportation, business, real estate development and nonprofits in these communities. Prior to CI, Anna served as editor-in-chief of Cedars, interned with the National Journalism Center in Washington, D.C., and spent time writing for the Springfield News-Sun and Xenia Daily Gazette.