Williamson Co. ESD 6 Calls for Sales and Use Tax Election
The Board of Commissioners (the “Board”) of Williamson County Emergency Services District No. 6 (WCESD 6) has called for a proposition to be on the election ballot for Tuesday, November 7, 2023. If so approved by voters, this proposition would authorize up to two percent (2%) to be captured by the District in all areas not yet at the state maximum sales and use tax rate of 8.25%.
Currently, there are three major issues facing the District which require additional funding:
• Additional firefighter recruitment and retention programs
• Procurement of land to address District growth, to include a training field for firefighters
• Building of stations on district-acquired land, for comprehensive response modeling
As the Board considers the next 5 years of growth and emergency response, long-term strategic goals have been drafted to highlight the next steps in anticipating the needs of the District. WCESD 6 has seen population and commercial growth over the past decade. Because of this growth, the number of calls the District has responded to has increased, as more people in the area require more responses at an exponential rate relative to that growth. This growth requires additional equipment purchases for single-use items, wear-and-tear maintenance on equipment, and additional staff to respond with. WCESD 6 has been using the District’s capital reserves and ad valorem to forecast and plan for equipment purchases and maintenance for the
foreseeable future. The sales and use tax, if so approved, would address the personnel-focused goals outlined above.
For more information about the measure, go to wilcoesd6.org/election-information
Williamson County Emergency Services District No. 6 (WCESD 6) is a political subdivision of the State of Texas serving as a taxing district to support fire suppression and rescue services. Williamson County Emergency Services District No. 6 was formed in 1999. The department protects and serves an estimated 4,110 people who live and work in the 54 square miles within the District boundaries, serving the greater area of Williamson County.