Athens Review, Athens, Texas

November 1, 2013

North 19 wants ESDs

Rich Flowers
The Athens Review

Athens — North 19 Fire-Rescue Chief Robert Morris is urging voters to turn out on Tuesday and vote in the Emergency Services District No. 7 election.

ESDs are political subdivisions established by local voters for the purpose of raising money through ad-valorem taxes on all real property located within the district.

The ad-valorem and sales taxes support ESD services designed through the provision of emergency rescue and ambulance services. ESDs also protect property from fire through fire services.

North 19 has issued a letter to voters in the area served by the department telling of plans for the funds.

“We feel very confident that your votes will allow us to better our response to your emergency by allowing us to purchase reflective markers for addresses and city blocks, for finding you at night,” Morris stated. “And we will be able to educate the public with classes and literature for fire safety and fire prevention in the home and at work. Our goal at North 19 is to keep everyone informed and up-to-date on the latest methods of fire prevention. We currently have 13 area signs throughout our district that warn of fire conditions and burn bans. This ESD will allow us to purchase more signs, so that everyone in our service area is informed of the changing conditions.”

Morris said creation of the ESD will allow the department to better serve the public, and can also help improve the insurance rating for the area.

ESD elections have been common in Henderson County for the past few years, with varied results. In May, Westside voters approved creation of ESD No. 6 by a 59 to 12 vote, while Murchison turned down ESD No. 95 to 53.