Eagle Ford: ESD No. 2 OKs equipment purchases
The board of commissioners for the Wilson County Emergency Services District (ESD) No. 2 approved the following purchases for its fire-service provider, the Eagle Creek Volunteer Emergency Services, according to ESD board President Bill Kenney following the Aug. 19 meeting:
•Bunker gear, $13,302. However, this price could drop to $4,902, if the ESD is awarded a grant.
•Self-contained breathing apparatus units, $9,800
•Reflective vests, $264
•5-inch suction hose, $2,400
•2.5-inch supply hose, $990
•Hose tester for certification, $1,200
•Training suite, $1,000
•40-piece mechanic’s tool set, $935
•Tool cabinet, $565.
Also during the meeting, the board discussed the proposed budget for the 2014 fiscal year, which will be based on a proposed ad valorem tax rate of 9.9 cents per $100 of taxable property value. The rate, which is one-tenth of a cent less than the current 10-cent tax rate, will generate $346,352 in revenue, Kenney said.
According to the Wilson County Appraisal District, the average taxable value of a residential property within ESD No. 2 is $176,422. Therefore, if the proposed tax rate is adopted, the average tax bill will be $174.66. This is $2.11 more than last year’s average tax bill of $172.55, when the average taxable value was $172,548.