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ESD No. 2 preps for FY ’13
Continued negotiations related to a possible land purchase and the pending selection of an ambulance-service provider are some of the likely budget considerations facing the Wilson County Emergency Services District (ESD) No. 2 in the coming fiscal year.
Following the ESD’s Aug. 6 board meeting, board President Keith Wildes said that the district is set to hold public hearings Sept. 3 to gather citizen input on their fiscal year 2013 budget and tax rate. Action on both of those items also is set to occur that evening.
Proposed budget numbers will be the topic of discussion during the board’s Aug. 20 meeting. Wildes said preliminary indications are that the budget will be based on the current ad valorem tax rate of 10 cents per $100 of assessed property value -- the maximum rate allowed for an ESD.
With regard to selection of an ambulance-service provider, Wildes said there were seven potential candidates at a July 30 pre-bid conference. Among those in attendance were representatives from the Eagle Creek Emergency Medical Services and six private ambulance companies. Proposals are due to be submitted to the ESD by Aug. 22.
As for the ESD’s board, the face of it could change dramatically in the upcoming fiscal year, with the recent resignation of Sarah Gella. Her term, along with the terms of Wildes and Greg Burkett, are set to expire in January. Wildes said the board is working with Wilson County Pct. 4 Commissioner Larry Wiley to ensure that qualified board members will be seated at that time.
Also in preparation for the coming year, the board voted to engage Nancy Vaughan to perform the ESD’s 2012 fiscal-year audit. Wildes said the fee for Vaughan, who performed last year’s audit, is not set to increase.
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