The Cinco MUD 5 will hold a public hearing on a proposed tax rate for the tax year 2023 on September 26, 2023 at 4:30 pm at Willow Fork Country Club, 21055 Westheimer Parkway, Katy, Texas. Your individual taxes may increase at a greater or lesser rate, or even decrease, depending on the tax rate that is adopted and on the change in the taxable value of your property in relation to the change in taxable value of all other property. The change in the taxable value of your property in relation to the change in the taxable value of all other property determines the distribution of the tax burden among all property owners.
Visit Texas.gov/PropertyTaxes to find a link to your local property tax database on which you can easily access information regarding your property taxes, including information about proposed tax rates and scheduled public hearings of each entity that taxes your property.
As the outdoor temperatures continue to rise, your landscaping will need more water. But, how much more?
Watering too much can compromise plant health and increase your monthly water bill.
Cinco MUD No. 5 has been placed in the “Stage 1: Mild Drought” stage of its Drought Contingency Plan. In this stage, residents are asked to voluntarily reduce water consumption whenever possible. Please try to remain conscious of your water usage while we all proceed through this together. Every drop counts!
- Even numbered addresses are requested to limit irrigation even numbered days
- Odd numbered addresses are requested to limit irrigation odd numbered days
- Irrigation should be prohibited between the hours of 6 am and 10 am, and between the hours of 6 pm and midnight.
Listed below are some of the many steps that all residents of our community can easily do to reduce consumption.
Ways to Conserve Water in the Yard
- Use a broom, not a water hose, to clean driveways and sidewalks.
- When your kids want to cool off, use the sprinkler were your lawn needs it most.
- Set a timer to remind you when to turn off the sprinklers. A running hose can let out up to 10 gallons of water per minute.
- Put a layer of mulch around trees and plants. Mulch will slow evaporation of moisture while discouraging weed growth.
Ways to Conserve Water in the Bathroom
- When running a bath, plug the bathtub before turning on the faucet. Then, adjust the temperature as the water is running.
- Better yet, take five-minute showers instead of baths. A full bathtub requires up to 70 gallons of water. If you keep your shower under five minutes, you will save up to 1,000 gallons per month.
- Turn off the water while brushing your teeth and you can save up to four gallons per minute. That equals 200 gallons per week for a family of four.
- Check faucets and shower heads for leaks and make sure you turn them off tightly after each use. One drip every second adds up to five gallons per day. Install aerators and flow reducers in sinks and shower faucets.
- Test your toilets for leaks – toilet leaks can be silent! A good way to check is by putting food coloring in your toilet tank – if it seeps into the bowl without flushing, then there is a leak that needs fixing
Ways to Conserve Water in the Kitchen
- Use your dishwasher- it uses less water than washing dishes by hand. Make sure it is a full load before starting a cycle, and you will save up to 1,000 gallons a month.
- If you have to wash a few pots by hand rinsing, turn the water off when you are not rinsing. Better yet, instead of running the water while you scrub the pots and pans, soak them in soap and water.
- Use a designated water bottle or glass to refill all day, allowing you to cut down the number of glasses to wash.
- Defrost food in the refrigerator rather than running it under the faucet. Cook food in as little water as possible to conserve water and retain more nutrients.
- If you accidentally drop ice cubes, place them in a house plant instead of tossing them in the sink.
Ways to Conserve Water in the Laundry
- Wash only a full load when using an automatic washing machine (32 to 59 gallons are required per load).
- Use the lowest water-level setting possible on the washing machine for light or partial loads.
You have the opportunity to receive a credit towards your water bill when you purchase and install high efficiency appliances or water saving items for your landscape! Items range from nozzles on sprinkler heads to the clothes washer in the laundry room.
Visit www.nfbwa.com/resident-rebate for more information.
Check your sprinkler system annually to conserve water and manage your water usage. The NFBWA’s free irrigation evaluation program provides a licensed irrigator to check your water settings and make recommendations. Visit www.nfbwa.com/wise-guys to sign up for a FREE evaluation.
How much should you water your lawn?
The Water My Yard tool provides customized watering recommendations to keep your lawn healthy. You’ll get weekly messages to make sure you have the most up-to-date recommendations.
Take the guesswork out of water maintenance and sign up at www.nfbwa.com/water-my-yard.
Please join us for Earth Day at Central Green as we learn about Water Conservation.
Winter weather and freezing temperatures are expected this week across Texas. The National Weather Service is forecasting widespread freezing temperatures on Friday and Saturday morning (12/23 – 12/24). In such conditions, it is imperative to protect the “Four P’s”: People, pets, pipes and plants.
- Keep warm, stay inside if possible.
- If you need to go out, dress in layers and wear hats, gloves and an appropriate coat.
- Avoid overexertion, as cold weather puts added strain on your body.
- Bring pets inside, and move other animals or livestock to sheltered areas.
- Keep adequate food and water available.
- Disconnect outdoor hoses, drain and store in protected area.
- Wrap exposed faucets and pipes – including those outside the house or in unheated crawl spaces, attics, garages and other areas.
- Bring potted plants inside or store in garage near interior wall to provide extra warmth and protection from wind.
- For cold-sensitive outdoor plants, put down extra mulch and consider covering with a cloth fabric of some kind to shield the plants from wind and frost.
Additionally, if you have an irrigation system, turn off the water to the system at your backflow preventer and then drain the system so your irrigation pipes and sprinkler heads are not damaged.
As it pertains to the dripping of faucets, we are asking and advising our residents and customers NOT to drip their faucets. This could cause a dip in water pressure at your facility. If you reside within the greater Houston area and are part of the Regional Water Authorities (West Harris County Regional Water Authority, North Fort Bend Regional Water Authority, North Harris County Regional Water Authority), or receive water from the City of Houston, dripping faucets will put a strain on the system resulting in low pressure or even depleting the water system.
The following sites can also be used as a source of information and to keep you updated:
- Forecasts: National Weather Service Houston-Galveston
- Winter Weather Safety: National Weather Service
- Local Road Conditions: Houston TranStar
- State Road Conditions: DriveTexas.org
- Space Heater Safety: National Fire Protection Association
- Draining Your Home Plumbing System: The Spruce
The property taxes imposed annually by Cinco MUD 5 are included on your Fort Bend County tax bill. We understand that many taxpayers have not yet received their tax bills, although the Fort Bend County Tax Office (281-341-3710) indicates it mailed the bills the week of December 5.
Tax statements are available for viewing and printing on the Fort Bend County Tax assessor collector’s website. See below:
Link to tax office website:
Direct link to view & print statements:
Taxpayers can search online for their bills by name, address, or account number.