Senator Tommy Williams
P.O. Box 12068, State Capitol
Austin, Texas 78711
Tel. (512) 463-0104

December 14, 2005
Contact: Janet Stieben (281) 364-9426

Senator Tommy Williams, Houston Mayor Bill White Announce Historic Partnership Agreement Between The Woodlands and City of Houston
- Remarks given by Senator Williams -

Thank you Mayor White. This agreement represents a historic shift in how communities in our region work together. I want to thank the Mayor for his commitment to a solution that works for The Woodlands, works for Houston and benefits our entire region.

The Regional Participation Agreement provides for The Woodlands to determine their own future and form of self government. It removes the threat of unilateral annexation by Houston. The Woodlands will decide what form of self government they desire. This agreement also provides a framework for our participation in regional projects mutually beneficial to both communities. It also provides a mechanism to lower reliance on property taxes and assessments to fund local services in The Woodlands. A locally elected board will provide residents the high quality services they have come to expect during the transition period to our permanent form of local governance.

In addition to thanking Mayor White for his commitment, vision and hard work on this issue I'd like to recognize some folks who were instrumental in getting us to this point.

I will depend on all of these folks to help me take this Agreement back to the local government units they represent and develop support for the appropriate action.

Attachment: Proposed Regional Participation Agreement Between the City of Houston, Texas and the Woodlands - (330 KB, PDF)