S.B. No. 1805
relating to the creation of the Galveston County Management
District No. 1; providing authority to levy an assessment, impose a
tax, and issue bonds.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
SECTION 1. GALVESTON COUNTY MANAGEMENT DISTRICT NO. 1.
Subtitle C, Title 4, Special District Local Laws Code, is amended by
adding Chapter 3841 to read as follows:
CHAPTER 3841. GALVESTON COUNTY MANAGEMENT DISTRICT NO. 1
SUBCHAPTER A. GENERAL PROVISIONS
Sec. 3841.001. DEFINITIONS. In this chapter:
(1) "Board" means the board of directors of the
(2) "District" means the Galveston County Management
District No. 1.
Sec. 3841.002. GALVESTON COUNTY MANAGEMENT DISTRICT NO. 1.
The Galveston County Management District No. 1 is a special
district created under Section 59, Article XVI, Texas Constitution.
Sec. 3841.003. PURPOSE; DECLARATION OF INTENT. (a) The
creation of the district is essential to accomplish the purposes of
Sections 52 and 52-a, Article III, and Section 59, Article XVI,
Texas Constitution, and other public purposes stated in this
chapter. By creating the district and in authorizing the City of
League City, Galveston County, and other political subdivisions to
contract with the district, the legislature has established a
program to accomplish the public purposes set out in Section 52-a,
Article III, Texas Constitution.
(b) The creation of the district is necessary to promote,
develop, encourage, and maintain employment, commerce,
transportation, housing, tourism, recreation, the arts,
entertainment, economic development, safety, and the public
welfare in the area of the district.
(c) This chapter and the creation of the district may not be
interpreted to relieve Galveston County or the City of League City
from providing the level of services provided as of the effective
date of the Act enacting this chapter to the area in the district.
The district is created to supplement and not to supplant the county
or city services provided in the area in the district.
Sec. 3841.004. FINDINGS OF BENEFIT AND PUBLIC PURPOSE.
(a) The district is created to serve a public use and benefit.
(b) All land and other property included in the district
will benefit from the improvements and services to be provided by
the district under powers conferred by Sections 52 and 52-a,
Article III, and Section 59, Article XVI, Texas Constitution, and
other powers granted under this chapter.
(c) The creation of the district is in the public interest
and is essential to:
(1) further the public purposes of developing and
diversifying the economy of the state;
(2) eliminate unemployment and underemployment; and
(3) develop or expand transportation and commerce.
(d) The district will:
(1) promote the health, safety, and general welfare of
residents, employers, potential employees, employees, visitors,
and consumers in the district, and of the public;
(2) provide needed funding for the district to
preserve, maintain, and enhance the economic health and vitality of
the district territory as a community and business center; and
(3) promote the health, safety, welfare, and enjoyment
of the public by providing pedestrian ways and by landscaping and
developing certain areas in the district, which are necessary for
the restoration, preservation, and enhancement of scenic beauty.
(e) Pedestrian ways along or across a street, whether at
grade or above or below the surface, and street lighting, street
landscaping, parking, and street art objects are parts of and
necessary components of a street and are considered to be a street
or road improvement.
(f) The district will not act as the agent or
instrumentality of any private interest even though the district
will benefit many private interests as well as the public.
Sec. 3841.005. DISTRICT TERRITORY. (a) The district is
composed of the territory described by Section 2 of the Act enacting
this chapter, as that territory may have been modified under:
(1) Subchapter J, Chapter 49, Water Code; or
(2) other law.
(b) The boundaries and field notes of the district contained
in Section 2 of the Act enacting this chapter form a closure. A
mistake in the field notes or in copying the field notes in the
legislative process does not in any way affect the district's:
(1) organization, existence, or validity;
(2) right to issue any type of bond for a purpose for
which the district is created or to pay the principal of and
interest on the bond;
(3) right to impose or collect an assessment or tax; or
(4) legality or operation.
Sec. 3841.006. ELIGIBILITY FOR INCLUSION IN SPECIAL ZONES.
All or any part of the area of the district is eligible to be
(1) a tax increment reinvestment zone created by the
City of League City under Chapter 311, Tax Code;
(2) a tax abatement reinvestment zone created by the
City of League City under Chapter 312, Tax Code; or
(3) an enterprise zone created by the City of League
City under Chapter 2303, Government Code.
Sec. 3841.007. APPLICABILITY OF MUNICIPAL MANAGEMENT
DISTRICTS LAW. Except as otherwise provided by this chapter,
Chapter 375, Local Government Code, applies to the district.
Sec. 3841.008. LIBERAL CONSTRUCTION OF CHAPTER. This
chapter shall be liberally construed in conformity with the
findings and purposes stated in this chapter.
[Sections 3841.009-3841.050 reserved for expansion]
SUBCHAPTER B. BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Sec. 3841.051. BOARD OF DIRECTORS; TERMS. (a) The
district is governed by a board of five voting directors who serve
staggered terms of four years, with two or three directors' terms
expiring June 1 of each odd-numbered year.
(b) The board by resolution may change the number of voting
directors on the board, but only if the board determines that the
change is in the best interest of the district. The board may not
consist of fewer than five or more than 15 voting directors.
Sec. 3841.052. APPOINTMENT OF DIRECTORS. The Texas
Commission on Environmental Quality shall appoint voting directors
from persons recommended by the board.
Sec. 3841.053. NONVOTING DIRECTORS. The board may appoint
nonvoting directors to serve at the pleasure of the voting
Sec. 3841.054. QUORUM. For purposes of determining the
requirements for a quorum of the board, the following are not
(1) a board position vacant for any reason, including
death, resignation, or disqualification;
(2) a director who is abstaining from participation in
a vote because of a conflict of interest; or
(3) a nonvoting director.
Sec. 3841.055. INITIAL VOTING DIRECTORS. (a) The initial
board consists of the following voting directors: Pos. No. Name of Director
1 Brian K. Yates
2 E. John Justema
3 Tod A. Ruble
4 Steve Whynott
5 David R. Hearne
(b) Of the initial directors, the terms of directors
appointed for positions 1 through 3 expire June 1, 2007, and the
terms of directors appointed for positions 4 and 5 expire June 1,
(c) Section 3841.052 does not apply to this section.
(d) This section expires September 1, 2010.
[Sections 3841.056-3841.100 reserved for expansion]
SUBCHAPTER C. POWERS AND DUTIES
Sec. 3841.101. ADDITIONAL POWERS OF DISTRICT. The district
may exercise the powers given to:
(1) an economic development corporation under Section
4B, Development Corporation Act of 1979 (Article 5190.6, Vernon's
Texas Civil Statutes), including the power to own, operate,
acquire, construct, lease, improve, or maintain a project described
by that section; and
(2) a housing finance corporation under Chapter 394,
Local Government Code, to provide housing or residential
development projects in the district.
Sec. 3841.102. NONPROFIT CORPORATION. (a) The board by
resolution may authorize the creation of a nonprofit corporation to
assist and act for the district in implementing a project or
providing a service authorized by this chapter.
(b) The nonprofit corporation:
(1) has each power of and is considered for purposes of
this chapter to be a local government corporation created under
Chapter 431, Transportation Code; and
(2) may implement any project and provide any service
authorized by this chapter.
(c) The board shall appoint the board of directors of the
nonprofit corporation. The board of directors of the nonprofit
corporation shall serve in the same manner as the board of directors
of a local government corporation created under Chapter 431,
Transportation Code, except that a board member is not required to
reside in the district.
Sec. 3841.103. AGREEMENTS; GRANTS. (a) The district may
make an agreement with or accept a gift, grant, or loan from any
(b) The implementation of a project is a governmental
function or service for the purposes of Chapter 791, Government
Sec. 3841.104. AUTHORITY TO CONTRACT FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT.
To protect the public interest, the district may contract with a
qualified party, including Galveston County or the City of League
City, for the county or the city to provide law enforcement services
in the district for a fee.
Sec. 3841.105. MEMBERSHIP IN CHARITABLE ORGANIZATIONS. The
district may join and pay dues to an organization that:
(1) enjoys tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3),
(4), or (6), Internal Revenue Code of 1986; and
(2) performs a service or provides an activity
consistent with the furtherance of a district purpose.
Sec. 3841.106. ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS. (a) The
district may establish and provide for the administration of one or
more programs to promote state or local economic development and to
stimulate business and commercial activity in the district,
including programs to:
(1) make loans and grants of public money; and
(2) provide district personnel and services.
(b) For purposes of this section, the district has all of
the powers of a municipality under Chapter 380, Local Government
Sec. 3841.107. NO EMINENT DOMAIN. The district may not
exercise the power of eminent domain.
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SUBCHAPTER D. FINANCIAL PROVISIONS
Sec. 3841.151. DISBURSEMENTS AND TRANSFERS OF MONEY. The
board by resolution shall establish the number of directors'
signatures and the procedure required for a disbursement or
transfer of the district's money.
Sec. 3841.152. MONEY USED FOR IMPROVEMENTS OR SERVICES.
The district may acquire, construct, finance, operate, or maintain
any improvement or service authorized under this chapter or Chapter
375, Local Government Code, using any money available to the
Sec. 3841.153. PETITION REQUIRED FOR FINANCING SERVICES AND
IMPROVEMENTS WITH ASSESSMENTS. (a) The board may not finance a
service or improvement project with assessments under this chapter
unless a written petition requesting that service or improvement
has been filed with the board.
(b) A petition filed under Subsection (a) must be signed by:
(1) the owners of a majority of the assessed value of
real property in the district subject to assessment according to
the most recent certified tax appraisal roll for Galveston County;
(2) at least 50 persons who own real property in the
district, if more than 50 persons own real property in the district
as determined by the most recent certified tax appraisal roll for
Sec. 3841.154. METHOD OF NOTICE FOR HEARING. The district
may mail the notice required by Section 375.115(c), Local
Government Code, by certified United States mail or an equivalent
service that can provide a record of mailing or other delivery.
Sec. 3841.155. ASSESSMENTS; LIENS FOR ASSESSMENTS.
(a) The board by resolution may impose and collect an assessment
for any purpose authorized by this chapter in all or any part of the
(b) An assessment, a reassessment, or an assessment
resulting from an addition to or correction of the assessment roll
by the district, penalties and interest on an assessment or
reassessment, an expense of collection, and reasonable attorney's
fees incurred by the district:
(1) are a first and prior lien against the property
(2) are superior to any other lien or claim other than
a lien or claim for county, school district, or municipal ad valorem
(3) are the personal liability of and a charge against
the owners of the property even if the owners are not named in the
(c) The lien is effective from the date of the board's
resolution imposing the assessment until the date the assessment is
paid. The board may enforce the lien in the same manner that the
board may enforce an ad valorem tax lien against real property.
(d) The board may make a correction to or deletion from the
assessment roll that does not increase the amount of assessment of
any parcel of land without providing notice and holding a hearing in
the manner required for additional assessments.
Sec. 3841.156. AD VALOREM TAX. (a) If authorized at an
election held in accordance with Section 3841.160, the district may
impose an annual ad valorem tax on taxable property in the district
for any district purpose, including to:
(1) maintain and operate the district;
(2) construct or acquire improvements; or
(3) provide a service.
(b) The board shall determine the tax rate.
Sec. 3841.157. UTILITY PROPERTY EXEMPT FROM IMPACT FEES AND
ASSESSMENTS. The district may not impose an impact fee or
assessment on the property, including the equipment,
rights-of-way, facilities, or improvements, of:
(1) an electric utility or a power generation company
as defined by Section 31.002, Utilities Code;
(2) a gas utility as defined by Section 101.003 or
121.001, Utilities Code;
(3) a telecommunications provider as defined by
Section 51.002, Utilities Code; or
(4) a person who provides to the public cable
television or advanced telecommunications services.
Sec. 3841.158. BONDS AND OTHER OBLIGATIONS. (a) The
district may issue bonds or other obligations, by competitive bid
or negotiated sale, payable wholly or partly from ad valorem taxes,
assessments, impact fees, revenue, grants, or other money of the
district, or any combination of those sources of money, to pay for
any authorized purpose of the district.
(b) The district may issue a bond or other obligation in the
form of a bond, note, certificate of participation or other
instrument evidencing a proportionate interest in payments to be
made by the district, or other type of obligation.
Sec. 3841.159. TAXES FOR BONDS AND OTHER OBLIGATIONS. At
the time bonds or other obligations payable wholly or partly from ad
valorem taxes are issued:
(1) the board shall impose a continuing direct annual
ad valorem tax, without limit as to rate or amount, for each year
that all or part of the bonds are outstanding; and
(2) the district annually shall impose the continuing
direct ad valorem tax on all taxable property in the district in an
amount sufficient to:
(A) pay the interest on the bonds or other
obligations as the interest becomes due;
(B) create a sinking fund for the payment of the
principal of the bonds or other obligations when due or the
redemption price at any earlier required redemption date; and
(C) pay the expenses of imposing the taxes.
Sec. 3841.160. TAX AND BOND ELECTIONS. (a) The district
shall hold an election in the manner provided by Subchapter L,
Chapter 375, Local Government Code, to obtain voter approval before
the district imposes an ad valorem tax or issues bonds payable from
ad valorem taxes.
(b) Section 375.243, Local Government Code, does not apply
to the district.
Sec. 3841.161. CITIES NOT REQUIRED TO PAY DISTRICT
OBLIGATIONS. Except as provided by Section 375.263, Local
Government Code, the City of League City is not required to pay a
bond, note, or other obligation of the district.
Sec. 3841.162. COMPETITIVE BIDDING. Section 375.221, Local
Government Code, applies to the district only for a contract that
has a value greater than $25,000.
Sec. 3841.163. TAX AND ASSESSMENT ABATEMENTS. The district
may grant in the manner authorized by Chapter 312, Tax Code, an
abatement for a tax or assessment owed to the district.
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SUBCHAPTER E. DISSOLUTION
Sec. 3841.201. DISSOLUTION OF DISTRICT WITH OUTSTANDING
DEBT. (a) The board may dissolve the district regardless of
whether the district has debt. Section 375.264, Local Government
Code, does not apply to the district.
(b) If the district has debt when it is dissolved, the
district shall remain in existence solely for the purpose of
discharging its debts. The dissolution is effective when all debts
have been discharged.
SECTION 2. BOUNDARIES. As of the effective date of this
Act, the Galveston County Management District No. 1 includes all
territory contained in the following described area:
All that certain 98.86 acre tract of land located in the STEPHEN F.
AUSTIN SURVEY, ABSTRACT 3, Galveston County, Texas, being the
remainder of a 76.3820 acre tract called Tract A (a portion of which
is out of Lot 11, Block B, CLEAR CREEK SUBDIVISION, a subdivision in
Galveston County, according to the map or plat recorded in Volume
119, Page 67), a 0.515 acre tract called Tract B (out of said Lot 11)
and a 3.00 acre tract called Tract C all described in a deed
recorded under Film Code No. 006-07-1921, a 44.2763 acre tract
described in a deed recorded under Film Code No. 017-24-1293, and a
2.36 acre tract out of BIG LEAGUE DREAMS, recorded in Plat No.
2005A, Map No. 72 all deeds and maps recorded in the Office of the
County Clerk of Galveston County and being more particularly
described by metes and bounds as follows:
BEGINNING at a 2 inch iron pipe found marking the Southeast corner
of said Lot 11 of CLEAR CREEK SUBDIVISION;
THENCE N 00°53'20" W, along the East line of said Lot 11 a distance
of 565.90 feet to a point for corner, from which a fence corner
bears S 72°22'01" W, 2.63 feet;
THENCE S 89°07'15" W, a distance of 746.38 feet (called 747.94 feet)
to a point for corner on the East line of Calder Road (50 foot
right-of-way), from which a 1/2 inch iron rod bears
S 17°07'25" W, 0.86 feet;
THENCE N 00°53'20" W, along the East line of Calder Road a distance
of 30.00 feet to a point for corner, from which a 60D nail bears S
56°56'32" E, 1.41 feet;
THENCE N 89°07'15" E, a distance of 746.38 feet (called 748.95 feet)
to a point for corner on the East line of said Lot 11, from which a
1/2 inch iron rod bears S 53°59'49" E, 0.81 feet;
THENCE N 00°53'20" W, along the East line of said Lot 11 a distance
of 60.00 feet to a point for corner, from which a 60D nail bears S
47°39'50" E, 1.64 feet;
THENCE S 89°07'15" W, a distance of 746.38 feet (called 747.79 feet)
to a point for corner on the East line of said Calder Road;
THENCE N 00°53'20" W, along the East line of said Calder Road a
distance of 192.11 feet to a point for corner, from which a 1/2 inch
iron rod bears S 62°02'39" W, 1.60 feet;
THENCE N 89°07'15" E, a distance of 746.38 feet (called 748.10 feet)
to a 1/2 inch iron rod with cap stamped "GeoSurv" found for corner;
THENCE N 00°53'20" W, along the East line of said Lot 11 a distance
of 282.36 feet to a point for corner, being the Northeast corner of
Lot 11, the same being the Southeast corner of said Lot 10, from
which a 3/4 inch iron pipe bears S 43°48'04" W, 1.61 feet;
THENCE S 89°06'40" W, along the common line of Lots 10 and 11, the
same being the South line of Big League Parkway (70 foot
right-of-way) as shown on said plat of BIG LEAGUE DREAMS a distance
of 746.38 feet to an iron rod with cap stamped "GeoSurv" found for
corner on the East line of said Calder Road;
THENCE N 00°53'20" W, along the East line of Calder Road, the same
being the West line of Lot 10 a distance of 70.00 feet to a point for
THENCE N 89°06'40" E, along the North line of said Big League
Parkway, the same being the South line of Reserve 'A' of said BIG
LEAGUE DREAMS a distance of 1236.18 feet to the Point of Curve of a
curve to the left having a central angle of 11°28'42" and a radius of
THENCE continuing along the North line of Big League Parkway and the
South line of said Reserve 'A', curving to the left, an arc distance
of 213.36 feet (chord bears N 83°22'19" E, 213.00 feet) to an iron
rod with cap stamped "GeoSurv" found for corner;
THENCE N 00°53'20" W, along the East line of said Reserve 'A' a
distance of 1194.49 feet to an iron rod with cap stamped "GeoSurv"
found for corner;
THENCE N 88°26'53" E, a distance of 706.40 feet to an iron rod with
cap stamped "GeoSurv" found for corner on the Westerly line of
Interstate Highway 45 (300 foot right-of-way);
THENCE S 27°32'00" E, along the Westerly line of Interstate Highway
45 a distance of 1418.63 feet to an iron rod with cap stamped
"GeoSurv" found for the Point of Curve of a curve to the left having
a central angle of 07°42'21" and a radius of 5877.65 feet;
THENCE continuing along the Westerly line of Interstate Highway 45
curving to the left an arc distance of 790.49 feet (chord bears S
31°17'56" E, 789.89 feet) to an iron rod with cap stamped "GeoSurv"
set for Point of Tangent;
THENCE S 35°09'41" E, continuing along the Westerly line of
Interstate Highway 45 a distance of 483.31 feet to an angle point,
from which a 1 inch iron pipe bears S 87°42'43" E, 0.61 feet;
THENCE S 00°32'16" W, continuing along the Westerly line of
Interstate Highway 45 a distance of 77.21 feet to a point for
corner, from which a 1 inch iron pipe bears N 89°08'30" E, 1.20 feet;
THENCE S 89°08'30" W, a distance of 2714.35 feet to the POINT OF
BEGINNING and containing 98.86 acres of land.
SECTION 3. LEGISLATIVE FINDINGS. The legislature finds
(1) proper and legal notice of the intention to
introduce this Act, setting forth the general substance of this
Act, has been published as provided by law, and the notice and a
copy of this Act have been furnished to all persons, agencies,
officials, or entities to which they are required to be furnished by
the constitution and laws of this state, including the governor,
who has submitted the notice and Act to the Texas Commission on
(2) the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has
filed its recommendations relating to this Act with the governor,
lieutenant governor, and speaker of the house of representatives
within the required time;
(3) the general law relating to consent by political
subdivisions to the creation of districts with conservation,
reclamation, and road powers and the inclusion of land in those
districts has been complied with; and
(4) all requirements of the constitution and laws of
this state and the rules and procedures of the legislature with
respect to the notice, introduction, and passage of this Act have
been fulfilled and accomplished.
SECTION 4. EFFECTIVE DATE. This Act takes effect
immediately if it receives a vote of two-thirds of all the members
elected to each house, as provided by Section 39, Article III, Texas
Constitution. If this Act does not receive the vote necessary for
immediate effect, this Act takes effect September 1, 2005.
President of the Senate Speaker of the House
I hereby certify that S.B. No. 1805 passed the Senate on
May 10, 2005, by the following vote: Yeas 31, Nays 0; and that the
Senate concurred in House amendment on May 24, 2005, by the
following vote: Yeas 31, Nays 0.
Secretary of the Senate
I hereby certify that S.B. No. 1805 passed the House, with
amendment, on May 20, 2005, by the following vote: Yeas 139,
Nays 0, two present not voting.
Chief Clerk of the House