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ESD No. 3 addresses ambulance needs
STOCKDALE -- In the wake of the Wilson County Emergency Services District (ESD) No. 3 board setting the ad valorem (property) tax rate at 8 cents per $100 of assessed property value, the board faces another challenge. The ESD will need to replace an ambulance for its provider, the Stockdale Emergency Medical Services (EMS).
One day after the board approved the tax rate and the ESD’s contract with the Stockdale Emergency Services Association, Stockdale EMS Director David Rice said the engine of the ambulance -- purchased in 2008 -- blew up and the vehicle ended up in the shop. The EMS group has a backup vehicle, purchased in 2004, but it has air conditioning problems.
This is the first time the EMS has had a major issue with this ambulance, Rice said.
The timing could not be worse, and weighed heavily on the board members as they proceeded with the ESD’s budget.
The commissioners addressed the ESD’s budget during a special called meeting Sept. 10, in the JH Bain & Sarabel Bain Memorial Emergency Services Facility in Stockdale.
During the board’s Aug. 29 meeting, the directors approved for Anna Gonzales, Wilson County tax assessor-collector, to serve as the collector of the ESD No. 3 taxes. President Lynn Ray West updated the directors Sept. 10, stating the service costs will equal 1 percent of the taxes collected.
After much discussion, the ESD directors approved a $228,661 budget. This includes a contract with the Stockdale Emergency Medical Services Association, a loan payment to the city of Stockdale, accounting and legal fees, tax collection, office expenses, and capital expenditures.
With the ESD’s net taxable 2013 certified totals set at $317,584,819, the maximum estimated revenue totals $254,068. Using a 95-percent collection rate, the ESD’s revenue is estimated at $241,365.
According to certified numbers from the Wilson County Appraisal District, the average taxable value of a residence in the district is $100,330. At the approved rate, the taxes on such a property will be approximately $80.26.
The directors also discussed an ending date for the ESD’s contract with the Stockdale Emergency Medical Services Association that will begin Jan. 1, 2014. After much discussion, the directors proposed using the calendar, not fiscal, year. The ending date for the contract will be Dec. 31, 2014. ESD Secretary Teri Wolff will forward the corrected contract to Rice for signatures.
The directors are set to return to their regular meeting schedule on the first Thursday of the month. These will take place in the JH Bain & Sarabel Bain Memorial Emergency Services Facility, located off S.H. 123. The next meeting is set for Thursday, Oct. 3, at 6 p.m.
In attendance: board members Lynn Ray West, August Moczygemba, Todd Lawson, Kirby Urrabazo, and Teri Wolff; Stockdale Fire Chief Edwin Baker, and Stockdale Emergency Medical Services Director David Rice.
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