What Is A MUD?
Municipal Utility Districts are of two types (General Law and Special Law) and derive their core powers from either the various chapters of the Water Code or special laws enacted by the Legislature. Districts must also follow other laws, including the Election Code, Government Code, Health and Safety Code, Local Government Code, Penal Code, and Tax Code (Texas Statutes, Appendix O).
Your Emerald Bay Municipal Utility District was created by an act of the Texas Legislature (S.B. 1404), effective June 19, 1983: “Pursuant to Article XVI, Section 59, of the Texas Constitution, a conservation and reclamation district is created in Smith County to be known as ‘Emerald Bay Municipal Utility District,’ which shall be a governmental agency, a political subdivision of the state, and a body politic and corporate. The creation of the district is declared to be essential to the accomplishment of the purposes of Article XVI, Section 59, of the Texas Constitution.”
A MUD may engage in water supply, conservation, irrigation, storm water control, drainage, fire fighting, solid waste collection and disposal, wastewater treatment, and development of parks and recreational facilities. The MUD may also purchase, control, and maintain all facilities and equipment necessary for such activities.
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