Municipal Utility District
One of the benefits of living in River Place is the award winning River Place Municipal Utility District, known as the “MUD”. The MUD engages in the supply of retail and out-of-District wholesale water, conservation, irrigation, drainage, solid waste disposal, wastewater treatment, as well as parks and recreational facilities such as the Nature Trail and Boardwalk (See Recreational Facilities Rules and Regulations).
The MUD has the lowest ad valorum tax rate of any full service utility district in Texas. For Fiscal 2012, the rate is $ 0.335 per $100 of property value. The MUD grants a Homestead Exemption reducing by 10% the appraised value of all residential property before applying the tax rate. In addition, the MUD grants a Senior Citizen Exemption of $25,000 for families with at least one homeowner age 65 or older. The Monthly Basic Service Charge for seniors is reduced from $31 to $30 each month. To obtain this, please notify Severn Trent Services in writing with proof of age before your 65th birthday.
Standard & Poor’s increased the rating on th MUD debt from A- to A. Only 1% of MUDs in Texas enjoy this high rating and there are no MUDs rated higher.
With respect to the quality of the drinking water, the MUD received a Five-Year Total Coliform Rule Program Award for 2000 to 2005 from the TCEQ and a continuing award from the TCEQ for 2007 awarded in 2008. This means that the water was of the highest quality available.
Water & Wastewater Facilities Operations are rated “Superior” by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (“TCEQ”). In spite of reduced maintenance and operations taxes, the MUD facilities modernization plan ensures the reliable delivery of high quality services at a reasonable price. In 2008, the 500,000 Elevated Water Storage Tank was totally rehabilitated. The Supervisory Control & Data Acquisition System (SCADA System) was upgraded with cutting edge software and new hardware. The cost for these two projects alone was over $1 million. Yet water, sewage and trash collection prices remain the same. This was made possible by strict oversight of the Board of Directors in spite of increasing costs from contractors.
As a resident of River Place MUD, you can pay your bill using one of the options explained below:
Recurring Credit Card Draft – Sign up for an automatic monthly draft of the balance due on your MUD account to be debited from your credit card. Contact the Severn Trent billing department at 512-246-0498 or e-mail CSAUS@stes.com for the forms. Recurring Bank Account Draft – Sign up for an automatic monthly draft of the balance due on your MUD account to be debited from your checking or savings account. Contact the Severn Trent billing department at 512-246-0498 or e-mail CSAUS@stes.com for the forms. Monthly Credit Card Payment – Call 1-800-272-9829 or go to www.officialpayments.com to make a monthly or one time credit card payment. You will need your MUD account number and the District jurisdiction code of 6680.We will continue to honor mail-in payments as well, including Checkfree payments (payments made through your personal on-line banking). If you chose this option, be sure to allow adequate time for mail delivery and payment processing by the due date on your bill. Also, please make sure that you are using the address included on the remittance stub. If you choose to use your personal on-line bank, the complete 15 digit water account number should be included in the memo section of the payment. The remittance address for all payments mailed should be: River Place MUD, PO Box 4944, Houston, Texas 77210-4944