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ESD No. 2 lowers tax rate
Mary Hencey, treasurer of the Eagle Creek Volunteer Emergency Services, addresses Wilson County Emergency Services District No. 2 board members (from left) Roger Brickley, Bob Gadd, Larry Phillips, Bill Kenney, and Dr. Royal Munro during a public hearing prior to the board’s Sept. 3 meeting.
Property within the Wilson County Emergency Services District (ESD) No. 2 will be taxed at a rate of 9.9 cents per $100 of taxable value for the 2014 fiscal year, following the ESD board of commissioners’ unanimous vote Sept. 3. The rate is just one-tenth of a cent lower than the current 10-cent rate.
According to the Wilson County Appraisal District, the average taxable value of a home in ESD No. 2 was certified at $176,422. Therefore, under the new rate, the average tax bill will be $174.66. This is just $2.11 more than last year’s average tax bill of $172.55, when the average home had a taxable value of $172,548.
The adopted tax rate is projected to result in the ESD collecting $317,100 in net revenue, according to the budget adopted by the board. Highlights of the budget include a new ambulance, which has an estimated cost of $127,700. That amount likely would be financed over a 5-year term, with a $50,000 down payment and yearly payment of $16,900.
In other business, the board discussed an $11,185 bill the ESD received from Universal City-based accounting firm Armstrong, Vaughan & Associates, related to a recent financial audit the ESD ordered of its service provider, Eagle Creek Volunteer Emergency Services. The firm initially agreed that its fees would not exceed $5,000 based on 56 professional hours.
However, Armstrong, Vaughan billed for 130 professional hours, and asked that the ESD share the cost at $8,092. Tricia Olsen, Eagle Creek VES’ emergency medical services director, said that the firm asked for records that could not be provided because of her organization’s previous administration’s failure to keep adequate records. Eagle Creek VES could not provide minutes of board meetings that occurred over the previous year.
The board voted to send Armstrong, Vaughan a check for $5,000, along with a letter asking that the firm send an itemized account of the additional charges.
In attendance: ESD board members Bill Kenney, Dr. Royal Munro, Larry Phillips, Bob Gadd, and Roger Brickley; Attorney Louis T. Rosenberg, and Emergency Medical Services Director Tricia Olsen, Treasurer Mary Hencey, and Ginney Beauman of the Eagle Creek Volunteer Emergency Services.
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