About TCMUD 1

We recognize that a Municipal Utility District is a new idea to many residents who are accustomed to a city or town providing water services.  We hope this information is helpful to you in understanding our organization. If you don’t find the answer to your question here, please feel free to contact us.  We look forward to helping you!

What is a MUD?

A Municipal Utility District (MUD) is chartered by the State of Texas and authorized by the Texas Commission of Environmental Quality (TCEQ) to provide Water, Sewer, Fire and other services within the MUD boundaries.

What services does Trophy Club MUD No. 1 provide?

Trophy Club Municipal Utility District No. 1 provides water, sewer, wastewater treatment, and fire protection to the Town of Trophy Club and parts of Solana in Westlake.

Why do we have a MUD?  Would it cost less for the Town to provide these services?

The primary responsibility of a MUD is to provide water and sewer services.  When the Trophy Club area was initially developed, the Town of Trophy Club was not yet incorporated. As a result, MUD districts were set in place to provide water and sewer service.

The Solana complex in Westlake located south of 114 was annexed into the District in 1983 at the request of the property owner and with the consent of the Town of Westlake.  The Town of Trophy Club had not yet been formed.  It provides a significant portion of the valuation, making up approximately 17% of our tax base.  A MUD is able to collect taxes on property in another town or city (like the Solana complex) but a Town is not.  Without Solana, the residents’ tax burden would increase significantly and the fixed costs of operating the water and wastewater systems would be shared among fewer customers, resulting in higher rates.

Citizens Advisory Committee

The most recent look at the financial implications of dissolution was performed by the Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) and completed in February 2014.  The Town’s Blue Ribbon Panel agreed with the results that maintaining the Municipal Utility District is the most cost effective action for its customers.  To learn more read the Final Report or watch the video of the presentation at the February 18, 2014 Board Meeting (starts at around 46:00).   Agendas, minutes and videos from the CAC meetings are available by request.

How does a MUD work?

Trophy Club Municipal Utility District No. 1 is governed by an elected five-member Board of Directors. The day-to-day operations of the District are managed by the General Manager.

The Board establishes policies in the interest of its utility customers. The Board of Directors sets water and sewer rates and all necessary charges, fees and taxes in order to maintain District infrastructure, facilities, capacity and service to everyone we serve.  All property taxes and revenues raised by water and sewer rates pay for water, wastewater and fire operations and infrastructure; they do not supplement the Town’s budget for other departments.

Does the District offer special rates for senior citizens or low income households?

The water and sewer rates adopted by the Board were developed in accordance with the Board’s primary goals to:

  • Meet the financial needs of the District.
  • Promote water conservation.

Because any customer may choose to practice water conservation and use a lower amount of water each month, anyone may benefit from the rate structure and no additional discounts are offered.

Does the Board hold public meetings?

The Board of Directors holds regular meetings on the third Monday of each month at 6:30 pm in the Svore Municipal Building Boardroom at 100 Municipal Drive.  Please see the Events Calendar for upcoming dates.

Meetings are open to the public and residents may address the Board on non-agenda topics at the beginning of each regular meeting during Citizen Comments.  For more information regarding Board Meetings, please see the Agendas & Meetings page or contact District Secretary Laurie Slaght at (682) 831-4600.