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ESD No. 1 plans second fire station
LA VERNIA -- The Wilson County Emergency Services District (ESD) No. 1 board of commissioners has adopted a reduced property-tax rate of 8.64 cents per $100 of taxable value -- almost 2 percent less than last year’s ad valorem tax rate of 8.8 cents -- for the 2014 fiscal year. This was among actions taken during the board’s Sept. 12 meeting.
According to the Wilson County Appraisal District, the average taxable value of a residence within the district was certified at $180,325. Therefore, the average tax bill will be $155.80.
Despite the decreased rate, the average tax bill will increase by $2.56. This is because last year, when the appraisal district certified the average taxable value for a residential property at $174,139, the average tax bill was $153.24.
The ESD board could not provide a copy of the adopted budget as of press time Sept. 23. ESD Treasurer George Jones said the budget was balanced at approximately $550,000.
However, the appraisal district certified that the net taxable value of property within the ESD is $652,789,000. Therefore, assuming a 100-percent property-tax collection, the adopted tax rate could generate $564,009 in total revenue.
Also after the meeting, ESD board President Roberta Ensor said bids soon will be solicited for the construction of the district’s second fire station, which will be built near the intersection of F.M. 3432 and F.M. 775. A metal building that was located there has been dismantled, and will be rebuilt at the site of a third station planned for construction on F.M. 539 near the former Las Palomas golf course.
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