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ESD No. 3 prepares contract, begins calculating tax rate
STOCKDALE -- The Wilson County Emergency Services District (ESD) No. 3 commissioners are one step closer to awarding the emergency medical services (EMS) contract to the local EMS.
According to board Secretary Teri Wolff after the board’s May 2 meeting, the ESD directors held a session with their attorney, Ken Campbell of Burns Anderson Jury & Brenner LLP, and Stockdale EMS Director David Rice.
Rice will take the proposed contract for review by the Stockdale EMS Association and report back to the ESD board in June.
Campbell also asked for the association to provide him with a copy of the EMS bylaws. Rice advised that the association is currently updating and reviewing its bylaws and will present a copy following the updates.
In other issues, the board:
•Tabled discussion of hiring a certified public accountant. Campbell will provide a list of candidates with ESD experience to the ESD board for consideration.
•Received the uncertified tax roll numbers for the ESD coverage area from Brian Stahl, chief appraiser for the Wilson County Tax Appraisal District. The unofficial total appraised value for properties in the ESD is $350 million.
The ESD will use this information to consider its ad valorem tax rate. Revenue from this tax -- which cannot exceed 10 cents per $100 of assessed property value --will be used to provide emergency medical services in the designated area. If the maximum amount is assessed (10 cents), and 100 percent collection is reached, the ESD could receive $350,000 in revenue.
Since the budget had not been finalized and the certified tax rolls are not official, no tax rate can be set by the board at this time.
The next meeting will be Thursday, June 6, at 6 p.m. in the Stockdale Economic Development Corp. office.
In attendance: board members Lynn Ray West, August Moczygemba, Teri Wolff, Kirby Urrabazo, and Todd Lawson; Attorney Ken Campbell with Burns Anderson Jury & Brenner LLP; and Stockdale Emergency Medical Services Director David Rice.
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