Our Woodlands. Our Future.

Impacts of Governance & Incorporation

The Woodlands Township is the governmental service provider for residents and businesses of The Woodlands. The Woodlands was originally founded in 1974 by George P. Mitchell, and 2007 legislation provided the authority to enter into the Regional Participation Agreements with the City of Houston and the City of Conroe and to establish a new governance body for The Woodlands. In 2010, the Township took over full responsibility of Association services. In 2014, The Woodlands became eligible to incorporate as a municipality. The Regional Participation Agreement protects The Woodlands from annexation through November 16, 2057. The Woodlands in Focus continually strives to be an exhaustive repository of fact-based information. The issue of incorporation has recently become a topic of discussion in The Woodlands, and the impacts of changing to this mode of governance must be thoroughly researched and discussed.

November 5th, 2023 - Bruce Tough
Election day is Tuesday, November 7. There is a lot at stake, so it is important to get out and vote. If you are still doing candidate research, my choices for The Woodlands Township Board of Directors are:
October 24th, 2023 - Bruce Tough
Just when you may have thought the attempted power grab that our community witnessed during the incorporation boondoggle was over, the Incorporation Squad is at it again in The Woodlands Township 2023 Board of Directors elections. There is a lot at stake in this year’s off-year Township Board... Read More
September 22nd, 2023 - Bob Leilich
Jace Houston, the former General Manager of the San Jacinto River Authority, was pressured into resigning, effective June 30, 2023, amid a swirl of politics related to water. This is the back story as best as we can piece it together.
May 1st, 2023 - The Woodlands In Focus
We all need and use water. However, we're depleting and collapsing our precious aquifers in Montgomery County because of over-pumping groundwater. Worse, local state legislators are proposing an amendment that undermines a solution to the problem.
January 31st, 2023 - The Woodlands In Focus
The Woodlands Water Agency (WWA) provided for publication the following response to the WWA Board of Trustees from the Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District (LSGCD) Board of Directors regarding Mr. John Yoars and the LSGCD Director Election for Place 7.
January 16th, 2023 - The Woodlands In Focus
Bob Lux, President of the Woodlands Water Agency (WWA) Board of Trustees, provided for publication the following letter sent from the WWA board to the Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District (LSGCD) Board of Directors. Read the letter below or see the attached pdf here.
November 8th, 2022 - Bruce Tough
In our local election for the Township Board of Directors, I am supporting Brad Bailey (Po.1), Linda Nelson (Po. 2), Richard Franks (Po. 3), and Kyle Watson (Po. 4). These candidates will ensure that The Woodlands remains a "township" with limited government, low property taxes, and premier... Read More
October 23rd, 2022 - Bruce Tough

It is time to elect civic-minded leaders who will listen to the community while removing incumbents and other candidates who have followed along with the Incorporation Squad and its misguided... Read More

October 18th, 2022 - Dr. Ann Snyder
Our relationships with our valued public safety agencies, law enforcement and the fire department, and Montgomery County must be at the top of the Township’s list of relationships we embrace and enhance. Equally, if not most important is our relationship with the local community and listening to... Read More
October 12th, 2022 - Bruce Tough
Incorporation Squad leaders Gordy Bunch and Bruce Rieser have not filed their names for the November 2022 Woodlands Township Board of Directors election ballot. They will be stepping down from their positions at the end of this term. Thus starts a shakeup of the Woodlands Township Board of... Read More
October 7th, 2022 - Bob Leilich
Our precious groundwater resource should be managed on a conservative basis for widespread public benefit. It should not be treated as an inexhaustible resource. An important election is coming up this November for two uncontested seats on the LSGCD Board of Directors, Position 3 and Position 7.... Read More
September 27th, 2022 - Bruce Tough

The Township Board rejected calls to return its $20.8M of incorporation reserves in full to The Woodlands taxpayers through a one-time property tax rebate of $.0835 and 2023 property tax rate of $.1129 per $100 of valuation. With a new $19.8M in estimated annually recurring revenue surplus and... Read More

August 24th, 2022 - Bruce Tough
Bruce Tough calls on The Woodlands Township Board to return the incorporation capital reserve in full to taxpayers immediately by issuing a $20.8 million rebate in the form of a one-year property tax rate reduction, similar to the 2007 rebate issued by The Woodlands Community Association.
November 1st, 2021 - The Woodlands In Focus
We have a unique Township – the only one of its kind in Texas – designed to stay close to the residents it answers to. We’ve succeeded in this model for nearly 50 years to become one of the most livable communities in America. Why risk permanently losing control of our future to a typical City Hall... Read More
October 26th, 2021 - The Woodlands In Focus
Township Future is hosting a zoom meeting Wednesday, October 27 at 7 PM to discuss facts and answer questions about the potential incorporation of The Woodlands Township. Local voters will decide whether The Woodlands will continue to maintain its current governance structure or begin the process... Read More
October 12th, 2020 - Amy Lecocq
We support Township candidates who have a history of community service and are committed to fact-based, not political decision making. Unlike other PACs in the area, we do not accept donations from candidates we vet. After a vigorous vetting process, we endorsed: Position 2, Jimmie Dotson, Position... Read More
January 28th, 2020 - Charles Frantes
Throughout their incorporation study, the Township Board and its consultants have determined that they cannot provide an accurate estimate of whether the $7.1 million in franchise fees they collect will replace current fees that utilities companies may be charging their customers or whether utility... Read More
October 25th, 2019 - Charles Frantes
The potential incorporation of The Woodlands into a city was a main topic of discussion and a point of contention at a recent candidate forum for The Woodlands Township Board positions 5, 6, and 7 hosted by The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce. Click to read the candidates' positions on this... Read More
October 8th, 2019 - Charles Frantes
In addition to a first-year one-time capital expense of $16,700,000, a City of The Woodlands would take on $6,376,000 in new annual expenses (not including the yet to be determined expense of potentially creating a Woodlands Police Department) and $966,000 in new annual revenue.
September 24th, 2019 - Charles Frantes
At a September 18 tax rate adoption meeting, The Woodlands Township Board of Directors was divided on whether to raise or lower The Woodlands’ property tax rate. Facing a deadline, on the fifth vote of the night, the board ultimately voted unanimously to adopt the effective tax rate of .224% after... Read More
August 8th, 2019 - Charles Frantes

At the last Township Board of Directors Incorporation Planning Session, questions were raised about the impact incorporation would have on preventing The Woodlands Parkway extension and a possible threat of forced annexation for The Woodlands in 2057 when its Regional Protection Agreement (RPA)... Read More

August 6th, 2019 - Brenda LaVar
I was there to represent the families in Montgomery County and voice our support of the Crisis Intervention Teams (CIT) effort in Montgomery County led by the Precinct 1 Constable’s office and the need for an additional five more Deputy Constables to be trained in this program. Currently Constable... Read More
July 10th, 2019 - Charles Frantes

In the recent legislative session, state lawmakers approved two new bills that will lower school property taxes and limit the rise of other property taxes in Texas, at least until the next legislative session... This reverses... Read More

February 14th, 2019 - Charles Frantes
Commissioner Noack said, "While free from the burdens of roads, bridges, municipal courts and other city functions, the Township is able to focus on quality of life issues such as covenant enforcement, enhancing already amazing amenities, further development of its ISO 1 rated fire department, and... Read More
October 24th, 2018 - Mike Bass
We have a relatively safe community with a low crime rate. The consultants tell us we have the best roads of any city of our comparable size. Our widespread use of covenants ensure that we have stronger regulations over development and existing properties than any city can achieve using ordinances... Read More
October 23rd, 2018 - Charles Frantes

​Candidates for The Woodlands Township Board explained their views on incorporation at a recent forum hosted by The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce​. 

October 1st, 2018 - Mike Bass

I urge all Woodlands residents to pay special attention to the upcoming November 2018 elections for the new seven member Board for the Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District (LSGCD). We need new board members who will vote to support future decisions that will not adversely impact south... Read More

August 15th, 2018 - Mike Bass

Most Woodlands Residents normally pay little attention to the requirements of our Restrictive Covenants and Standards (collectively called Deed Restrictions) or their enforcement. At least until they want to make improvements or major repairs to their property. But when they purchased their... Read More

November 5th, 2017 - The Woodlands In Focus

The Township election is conducted in accordance with the county elections. Please consult www.montgomeryvotes.org or www.harrisvotes.orgfor the latest information, or you may... Read More

September 25th, 2017 - Amy Lecocq

Please join the four Township Candidates and The Voter Awareness Council at the Black Walnut Cafe for an informal opportunity to meet the candidates on the November 7, 2017 ballot. This is an opportunity to thank John McMullan (Position 5), Ann Snyder (Position 6), Laura Fillault (Position 7)... Read More

February 20th, 2017 - The Woodlands In Focus

Township Board Chairman Bunch spoke about his vision for the community, saying “I want our township to be an example for all the cities in Texas, our country, and the world as well.” The success of The Woodlands is easily summed up but not so easily done, Bunch said. It’s all about “the... Read More

November 4th, 2016 - Bob Kinnear

I served as the Town Center Improvement District (TCID) representative on Sen. Tommy Williams' committee that developed the "regional participation agreements" with the City of Houston and Conroe. We are protected from annexation per the agreements until 2057 and since it is after June 2014, we... Read More

November 1st, 2016 - The Woodlands In Focus

The Woodlands In Focus recently submitted an Open Records Request with The Woodlands Township to get copies of all of the Township's Incorporation Impact studies and memos (2012 to 2016). The Township was prompt and responsive to the request.

Though these documents self disclose that they... Read More

October 26th, 2016 - Dr. Ed Robb

By state law, we can incorporate any time between now and 2057 to avoid annexation by Houston and Conroe. The Regional Participation Agreements between the Township and both Houston and Conroe were entered into pursuant to the express authority of Section 43.0754, Texas Local Government Code... Read More

October 21st, 2016 - Gordy Bunch
I believe our residents are disproportionately taxed. The Woodlands is less than 20% of the population but is bearing nearly 38% of the total tax burden within Montgomery County. Additionally, commercial and residential property owners in The Woodlands absorb an average of 41% of annual appraisal... Read More
October 18th, 2016 - Dr. Ann Snyder

Our success is not accidental. Certain things have been done to keep us on track.

First and foremost, Mr. Mitchell’s vision and implementation.

Another is when former Senator Tommy Williams, Representative Rob Eissler and other community leaders led the charge at the Texas Capitol... Read More

October 13th, 2016 - Mike Bass

Today, our unique “Township” form of government, technically a “Special District,” provides a broad range of essential services not provided by our County and does so at a relatively low cost. We have a very efficient alternative form of government. So why incorporate until we are forced to do... Read More