District 2 to hold public hearing on Monday night

Published on Saturday, 23 August 2014 22:47 - Written by Adam Russell arussell@tylerpaper.com

The Emergency Services District No. 2 will hold a public hearing about its proposed property tax at 6 p.m. Monday at district’s office, 14128 Texas Highway 110 in Tyler.

The 2015 budget includes a proposal to maintain the current property tax rate of 8.4648 cents per $100 valuation. Last year’s budget raised $4,510,510 in revenues.

New construction would increase tax revenues by less than 1 percent. The effective rate, the rate that would generate the same amount of revenue as last year, is 8.3150 cents per $100 valuation.

Monday’s meeting will be the first of two public hearings on the proposed budget and property tax rate. A second hearing is scheduled for Sept. 8 at the same location.

Public comment is allowed.

The district’s tax rate and budget are expected to be approved during a Sept. 22 meeting.

The district includes 11 rural fire departments including Arp, Bullard, Chapel Hill, Dixie, Flint-Gresham, Jackson Heights, Noonday, Red Springs, Troup, Whitehouse and Winona, and covers almost 900 square miles with, 33 paid firefighters and more than 300 volunteers who man 17 stations and substations around the county.