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Eagle Ford: ESD No. 3 seeks insurance provider
STOCKDALE -- The Wilson County Emergency Services District (ESD) No. 3 commissioners are making headway, with the selection of an attorney to assist with forming and establishing this taxing entity.
According to board Secretary Teri Wolff after the board’s April 4 meeting, the ESD has retained Ken Campbell as its attorney. Campbell, a partner with Burns Anderson Jury & Brenner LLP, also serves as the attorney for Wilson County ESD No. 1 and other ESDs throughout the state.
Campbell, who was present for the meeting:
•Advised the board to continue negotiations in contracting with a certified public accountant.
•Explained the goods-in-transit section 11.253 of the Texas Tax Code regarding the tax exemption process for the cost of equipment and machinery of the ESD. A public hearing is required. No action was taken during the meeting.
•Advised the directors that bonds are needed for Treasurer Kirby Urrabazo and Assistant Treasurer Todd Lawson. The bond is based on the property values within the district that comprises ESD No. 3.
This data, obtained from the Wilson County Appraisal District, also will assist the directors in determining the tax rate of the ESD. The ad valorem tax -- which cannot exceed 10 cents per $100 of assessed property value -- will be used to provide emergency medical services in that designated area.
In other issues, the board continues its search for an insurance provider. Wolff said a representative is scheduled to meet with the directors at their April 15 meeting.
Wolff also updated the directors that the Wilson County Commissioners Court could not legally loan the ESD “seed money” as requested.
Presently, the ESD is functioning with a $10,000 loan from the city of Stockdale. The city provided the funds from savings previously set aside for the Stockdale Emergency Medical Services to assist with a replace ambulance for its fleet.
The next meeting will be Monday, April 15, at 6 p.m. in the Stockdale Economic Development Corp. office. Wolff added that the group has selected the first Thursday of the month for their regular monthly meetings.
Wilson County Emergency Services District (ESD) No. 3 meeting, April 4.
In attendance: board members Lynn Ray West, August Moczygemba, Teri Wolff, and Todd Lawson; and Attorney Ken Campbell with Burns Anderson Jury & Brenner LLP.
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