DeWitt County Drainage District No. 1
DeWitt County Drainage District No. 1 (DCDD1) is a political subdivision of the State of Texas, operating within a jurisdictional area similar to that of Cuero, Texas. We are committed to improving our ability to efficiently manage excess storm water, and to be proactive in our approach to this goal. Our mission is:
“To Provide, Improve and Maintain the Drainage Systems within our jurisdiction,
resulting in increased safety and enhanced quality of life within our community.”
DeWitt County Drainage District No. 1 was established in 1914 as a result of a petition by area residents. It was formed under the authority of Article 2602 of the Revised Civil Statutes of Texas of 1911, as a public utility and to benefit the public health. Petitioners noted that the area consisted of lands which were low and flat, with very little if any natural slope or drainage. The public health was impaired by mosquitos, malaria and other pests, and public highways were often impassable and required great expense and labor to maintain.
Acquiring right of ways for the DCDD1 began in 1915 and has continued in the years since, during times of upgrades, repairs and changes to the District’s facilities. Initially, the District channelized the Gohlke Creek (west side of Cuero) and the Gohlke Creek tributary (east side of Cuero). Additional lateral channels were created to carry water into those two channels, which converge south of Cuero and drain into the Guadalupe River.
The District performs drainage activities throughout its local watershed; an area which encompasses more than 13,000 acres. Incorporated and unincorporated areas rely heavily on DCDD1 to provide outfall drainage and flood relief.
Adopted Tax Rate
DEWITT COUNTY DRAINAGE DISTRICT NO. 1 ADOPTED A TAX RATE THAT WILL RAISE MORE TAXES FOR MAINTENANCE AND OPERATIONS THAN LAST YEAR’S TAX RATE. THE TAX RATE WILL EFFECTIVELY BE RAISED BY 20.00 PERCENT AND WILL RAISE TAXES FOR MAINTENANCE AND OPERATIONS ON A $100,000 HOME BY APPROXIMATELY $9.90.
DeWitt County Drainage District No. 1 has a responsibility to those within its jurisdiction to provide effective drainage and to responsibly manage its revenue and expenses. The District has miles of channels which are in need of review, repair or rehabilitation. Currently, the revenue raised by property taxes for the purpose of funding maintenance and operations of the District’s facilities, is simply not enough to sustain general, everyday maintenance over the years. Without enough funding for the everyday, doing things such as repairing facilities, funding engineering studies and acting on improvement projects will not be possible. The District’s board very carefully considered alternatives to setting an increase in the effective tax rate and trusts the community will understand that the District is currently is operating without funding which is adequate to its mandate.
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