The city has the only municipal school district (Stafford Municipal School District) in all of Texas. Stafford is served by the Houston Community College System and has a campus within the city. Stafford is a city in the U.S. state of Texas within the HoustonSugarLandBaytown metropolitan area. The city is mostly in FortBendCounty with a small portion in Harris County. As of the 2000 U.S. Census, Stafford's population was 15,681. As of 2008 the Mayor of Stafford is Leonard Scarcella, who was first elected in 1969 and has been a lifelong resident of the city. Stafford does not have a municipal property tax as of 1995 and the sales tax is 0.5% less than all of the surrounding cities. Even though it is known as a bedroom community of the greater Houston area, it is estimated that four times as many people work in Stafford on a week day, which is evidence of the large amount of commercial activity that helps the city financially.