De­fend­ing MUDs

Houston Chronicle Sunday - - OUTLOOK -

Re­gard­ing “MUD morass” (Page A18, Wed­nes­day), the ed­i­to­rial board has de­cided, by it­self, that Mu­nic­i­pal Util­ity Dis­tricts are bad for Hous­ton. There are hun­dreds of thou­sands of well-run, soundly fi­nanced, con­sci­en­tious MUDs and direc­tors in Har­ris County and the state of Texas. I don’t be­lieve MUDs are re­spon­si­ble for ad­vis­ing po­ten­tial home­buy­ers if their house is in a flood pool. Mort­gage com­pa­nies and de­vel­op­ers should per­haps be re­spon­si­ble for this, not to mention the in­di­vid­ual buy­ing the prop­erty.

But the scari­est state­ment in the en­tire ed­i­to­rial is: “We yet again call upon the Leg­is­la­ture to man­date the incorporation or an­nex­a­tion of these neigh­bor­hoods.” Hav­ing lived in a MUD for more than 40 years, I would not like to be an­nexed by the city of Hous­ton. This is lo­cal, grass­root, gov­ern­ment and be­ing an­nexed by any­one is cer­tainly a chill­ing thought. I will stick with my MUD, my direc­tors who are res­i­dents and their gov­ern­ing or guid­ing our district be­cause I be­lieve they have our best in­ter­ests at heart. Jude Wig­gins, Hous­ton

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