UPDATED: What Sugar Land and Missouri City residents should know this week

Updated Oct. 3, 8:10 p.m.

Economic, educational and public safety developments are happening in Sugar Land and Missouri City this week. Here is a overview of updates residents from each city can keep in mind.

Monday, Oct. 3 — Alvin ISD cancels public hearing for Fort Bend ISD disannexation petition

Alvin ISD said Monday that residents in a portion of the Shadow Creek Ranch development in Pearland retracted a petition to detach their students from Fort Bend ISD.  The public hearing on the petition scheduled for Monday evening was subsequently cancelled, AISD Director of Communications Daniel Combs said.

Petitioners sought to join AISD, although the FBISD board of trustees voted against the request Sept. 26.

Monday, Oct. 3 — Missouri City voting on 2017 tax rates

Tonight, Missouri City City Council will vote on a property tax rate for 2017. The proposed rate is $0.56010 per $100 valuation, including maintenance and operations, and debt service fund-interest and sinking rates of $0.42166 and $0.13844 per $100 valuation, respectively.

The proposed rate is 2.8 percent, or $0.01542 more than the 2016 rate of $0.544680 per $100 valuation. Originally, city staff proposed a property tax rate of $0.51464 per $100 valuation, which would have been a percent drop from the 2016 rate.

The council said at its September meeting the proposed increase would fund projects including citywide street repairs that were long overdue.


Tuesday, Oct. 2 —Cities’ police departments celebrate National Night Out

As part of the annual nationwide outreach event, Sugar Land and Missouri City police celebrate National Night Out on Tuesday. Missouri City’s event begins at 5-7 p.m. in the Target Parking lot at 6000 Hwy. 6, with various public safety representatives including the city’s Fire and Rescue Services, the Burglary and Auto Theft taskforce, the dive, SWAT, bike patrol and ATV search teams.

Missouri City and Sugar Land police will visit neighborhood block parties in their respective cities, with Sugar Land’s visits lasting from 6-9 p.m. Sugar Land residents can register on the city’s website while Missouri City residents may sign up here.

Thursday, Oct. 6 — FBISD high school academy preview

FBISD is introducing eighth grade students and their parents to the district’s six high school academies with open events at each academy during the month. The first preview to the open houses will take place Thursday at Kempner High School, 14777 Voss Road, Sugar Land, from 6-8 p.m.

A second preview will be held Oct. 19 at Ridge Point High School, 500 Waters Lake Blvd., Missouri City, from 6-8 p.m. Families are asked to register for the previews online where they can also find more information about each academy.

Friday, Oct. 7 — “Mommy Mingle” event at Fort Bend Children’s Discovery Center

Parents, nannies and caregivers are invited to the Fort Bend Children’s Discovery Center at the Imperial Market development for a morning mingling event. The gathering is designed to help adults meet one another while enjoying free breakfast snacks and coffee from 10 a.m.-noon near the museum’s Tot Spot area.

The museum is located at 198 Kempner Street, Sugar Land. Regular admission is $12 (adult), $11 (senior ages 65 and older, active duty military), free (children ages 1 and younger).