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ESD No. 1 adopts 8.8-cent tax rate
Wilson County NewsSeptember 26, 2012 | 1,461 views | 3 comments
LA VERNIA -- The board of commissioners for the Wilson County Emergency Services District (ESD) No. 1 has adopted an ad valorem tax rate that could mean an approximately 8.1 percent increase in the district’s average tax bill for the 2013 fiscal year. The board, at its Sept. 13 meeting, voted on a tax rate of 8.8 cents per $100 of assessed property value -- 0.47 cents higher than the fiscal year 2012 rate of 8.33 cents.
According to the Wilson County Appraisal District, the average taxable value of a home within ESD No. 1 was certified at $174,139, which is 2.35 percent higher than last year’s value of $170,142. The 8.8-cent rate will result in an average tax bill increasing from $141.73 to $153.24.
The board also voted to adopt the ESD’s fiscal year 2013 budget, which totals $630,700.30. The budget includes projected net revenue of $524,900.30, with “other income” of $22,800. The remaining $83,000 is a carryover from previous years.
Also during the meeting, the board discussed its firefighter-recruiting program, which is an ongoing effort to enlist more volunteers to join the La Vernia Volunteer Fire Department -- the ESD’s service provider. Hanson said upcoming events could include “Firefighter for a Day.”
“While we have yet to set a date for this event, some of the highlights will include allowing men and women over the age of 16 to take part in actual firefighting exercises, such as using a live fire hose to extinguish a training fire,” he said.
Features of the event also could include vehicle extrication, wearing actual “turnout” gear, and many of the other tasks that firefighters perform. Along with that will be a presentation on the training available and what it takes to get on board, Hanson said.
Voters approved the creation of the Wilson County ESD No. 1 in 2008 to fund fire-protection services for the La Vernia area. Funding is derived by an ad valorem tax, assessed annually against property located within the district. By law, the tax cannot exceed 10 cents per $100 of assessed value.
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