Welcome to Stafford, TX
“City with no property taxes.”
In 1830, William Stafford established a plantation with a cane mill and a horse-powered cotton gin. On April 15, 1836, during the Texas Revolution, the forces of Antonio López de Santa Anna stopped at Stafford’s plantation and ordered it to be burned to the ground. Stafford rebuilt his plantation and resided there until his death in 1840. A settlement called “Stafford’s Point” established itself around the plantation; it became a townsite in August 1853 when the Buffalo Bayou, Brazos and Colorado Railway began stopping there. Stafford’s Point had a post office from 1854 to 1869. The settlement changed its name to “Staffordville” January 5, 1869 to February 26, 1869. In 1896 the settlement changed it’s name yet again, this time to “Stafford”, and operated a post office from 1869 to 1918; the post office reopened in 1929.
In 1884, Stafford had 50 residents, two general stores, and a grocer. By 1896, the settlement had a population of 300. Unfortunately the population fell to 100 in 1914 but bounced back in 1931 to 320 people and again in 1946 to 400 residents. The US Census Bureau estimates a population of over 18,000 in 2016. The City of Stafford stopped levying non-school property taxes in 1995. It is the only Houston-area city and is the highest populated city in Texas to do so. Sales and franchise taxes from businesses fund the city. The city has the only municipal school district (Stafford Municipal School District) in all of Texas. In 1977, Stafford broke away from the Fort Bend Independent School District, which caused several rounds of federal litigation; and, by 1981, it was finally declared that the Stafford Municipal School District was constitutional. Almost all of Stafford was in FBISD, with a minuscule portion in the Houston Independent School District. All of Stafford is now zoned to the Stafford Municipal School District, which is the only municipal school district in Texas that is controlled by the city. Residents pay property taxes to the school district.
The mission of the Stafford Police Department is to enhance the quality of life in our community by working cooperatively with the public and within the framework of the United States Constitution to enforce laws, preserve the peace and provide for a safe environment for all members of our community.