Statement on the Ruling Against Montrose Management District

By | November 2, 2017

In reference to Judge Daryl L. Moore’s ruling in the 333rd Civil Court, Harris County in the case of 1620 HAWTHORNE LTD V. MONTROSE MANAGEMENT DISTRICT

The Montrose Management District is disappointed in the October 31, 2017 ruling by Judge Moore and on November 2, 2017 immediately appealed the decision to the Fourteenth Court of Appeals in Houston. In that court, the district has prevailed in every previous motion related to filings pursued by this plaintiff’s attorney. The district stands by its position that it is operating within its legal charter granted by the State of Texas. No refunds for assessments collected in the West Montrose Management District (the only portion of the district under dispute in this legal action) will be made, pending the outcome of the current appeal.

This public statement will serve as the only public commentary released by the district on this matter.

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District provided services such as safety patrols by off-duty HPD officers, graffiti abatement, trash pick-up, maintenance of esplanades, among other services outlined in the Districts’ Assessment Plan, that are supplemental to services provided by the City of Houston, had been reduced in Mid-November and ceased completely as of December 11. The District had to cease the services due to unpaid assessments from some of the commercial property owners within the District. Delinquent assessments for 2016 and prior years are being collected for services that were delivered in 2017. The current lawsuit status does not affect the collection of delinquent assessments due for 2016 and prior years for services rendered for calendar year 2017. Please direct questions regarding the cessation of services to Executive Director, Ben Brewer at BBrewer@MontroseDistrict.org. We are committed to helping our neighborhood remain the safe, vibrant and attractive place to live and do business and would like to hear from you on how we can continue to work together in this effort.