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Section A: General News


ESD No. 2 ponders sales-tax election




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Wilson County News
September 25, 2013 | 1,173 views | 1 comment

Residents within the boundaries of the Wilson County Emergency Services District (ESD) No. 2 could be headed to the polls as early as May 2014 for a sales-tax election.

ESD board President Bill Kenney said following the Sept. 16 board meeting that discussions related to the implementation of a sales tax are in the preliminary stages. Sales-tax proceeds, he said, would help the district cover costs not being met by current ad valorem tax revenue.

“With the current and projected funds that are realized from ad valorem taxes, cost of contracts, and administrative costs, there will not be enough funding to purchase any additional capital assets,” he said.

Capital assets include ambulances, firetrucks, building expansions, and construction of two substations, Kenney said.

The ESD is consulting with the state comptroller’s office to determine the next step in the process.

Also related to finances, the ESD and Universal City-based accounting firm Armstrong, Vaughan & Associates have resolved a conflict related to the firm’s bill for a recent financial audit of the Eagle Creek Volunteer Emergency Services.

Armstrong, Vaughan informed the district that because it was not informed of additional charges until Aug. 2, the ESD only was responsible for charges accrued after that date. As a result, Kenney said the ESD only was responsible for $450, which it since has paid.

This is far different from the previous $11,185 bill the ESD board discussed at its Sept. 2 meeting, which was based on the firm billing 130 professional hours -- more than double the 56 hours in the contract. (See “ESD No. 2 lowers tax rate,” Sept. 11.)
 

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Mr. Tibbs  
Floresville  
September 25, 2013 9:50am
 
No more taxes. sales or otherwise. these guys work within a budget or do without. period. far too much waste and ineffiency in these small depts. Its too easy to just add another tax. Its not the amount. its the principle.

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