The Woodlands Edition - January 2020

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THE ROADAHEAD A new timeline is set for a possible The Woodlands incorporation vote in 2020, with the next round of decisions and deadlines set.

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Jan. 15: The board will select a law enforcement scenario and conrm other assumptions to be used in the nancial model.

Feb. 20: The board will determine the maximum initial tax rate that could be placed on a ballot.

April and May: Community engagement meetings will be held.

By Aug. 17: A decision must be made on calling an incor- poration vote in November.

September and October: Additional community engagement sessions

Nov. 3: Potential date for an incorporation vote

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Voter approval is needed for The Woodlands Township to incorporate into a city. (Andrew Christman/Community Impact Newspaper)

TheWoodlands at a crossroads as study concludes Throughout 2019, the study—for which the township had budgeted about $933,000 in 2019, according to township records—provided cost pro- jections for services the newcitywould needtosupply—suchaslawenforcement and public works—currently provided by Harris and Montgomery counties. Directors will make decision on whether to hold incorporation vote in 2020 CONTINUED ON 48 BY VANESSA HOLT One year after The Woodlands Township board of directors chose The Novak Consulting Group to complete its incorporation study, the town- ship begins 2020 with a new timeline for decisions that could culminate in a November incorporation vote. Under state law, a majority vote is required for residents to approve incorporating into a city. Legislation and agreements passed in 2007 created The Woodlands Town- ship as a special-purpose district, meaning it cannot be annexedbyHous- ton or Conroe until 2057. The town- ship can incorporate into a city before that time, according to the legislation.

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