Grayson County is projected to grow significantly in the next decade. County leaders are preparing for that expansion by supporting municipal utility districts.
Grayson County judge Drue Bynum says developers are looking for areas to build new homes. These districts would help provide infrastructure, like sewer services and flood control.
They say this would allow for more quality control in growing areas. Right now 13 possible districts with six different developers are on the table in Howe and Gunter.
The districts are taxing entities, so residents living in the districts would pay for the services. The developer would pay for the services, and then pay government supported bonds.
County officials want school districts in these cities to support the municipal districts before they're formed. They want their area prepared because more families moving in means more school that will have to be built.
"In essence the legislators were able to give the county just a say in how the county is developed which is atypical in the way than it normally happens," Bynum said.
Texas lawmakers are discussing bills to create these districts. County officials hope to finalize their support on Monday. Once that happens it will be up to legislators to decide if they'll approve the districts.