A Public Improvement District (“PID”) is a financing tool produced by the Public Improvement District Assessment Act as found in Chapter 372 of the Texas Local Government Code. The PID enables any city to levy and collect special assessments on character that is within the city or within the city’s Extraterritorial Jurisdiction (“ETJ”). A county may also form a PID,but must acquire approval from a city if the hypothesizedv PID is within the city’s ETJ. The PID establishes a mechanism to finance improvement projects by the issuance of bonds secured by special assessments levied on all benefited similarities. Because PID bonds can be used to reimburse the developer for eligible infrastructure early in the development course of action, often before the closing of the first home.
Public Improvements Eligible for PID Financing are; Acquisition of Right of Ways, Art, Creation of pedestrian malls, Erection of foundations, Landscaping and other aesthetics, Library, Mass transit, Parks & as a hobby or Cultural Facilities, Parking, Street and sidewalk. Supplemental safety sets for the improvement of the district, including public safety and security sets. Supplemental business-related sets for the improvement of the district. Water, wastewater, health and sanitation or drainage.
Benefits of a PID
A PID may be established early in the development course of action allowing the developer to be a reimbursed upon completion of the public infrastructure. Furthermore, unlike a Municipal Utility District (“MUD”), Water Control and Improvement District (“WCID”), or Fresh Water District (“FWSD”), PIDs do not require TCEQ approval, and are governed by the governing body of the city or county, thereby alleviating concerns regarding board turnover and the integrity of the board. If the city chooses to annex character that is within the boundaries of a PID, the city is not forced to pay off the assessments, and the assessments do not affect the city’s debt capacity or rating.