THE GUIDE TO OUR INDIVIDUAL AND COLLECTIVE SUCCESS

Vision

The Vision of Bexar County ESD No. 2 Fire Department is to position the fire district, operationally, financially, and politically, through and beyond economic uncertainty while creating a predictable, sustainable future.

Mission

The Mission of Bexar County ESD No. 2 Fire Department is to protect and enhance the safety and well-being of those who reside, visit and travel through our district. Bexar County ESD No. 2 Fire Department is committed to creating a safer community through education, prevention, preparedness, and effective emergency response.

Guiding Principles

  • We are committed to the protection of life, property and the environment.
  • We are committed in recruiting and maintaining a safe, healthy, well-trained, and high-performing workforce.
  • Our fire protection district is the reason for our existence and will strive to deliver comprehensive safety services of the highest quality.
  • We will foster and sustain the trust of our district and each other, while also protecting that confidence through our attitude, conduct, and actions.
  • All members of our diverse district are entitled to our industry’s best practices.
  • We will serve our communities with Fairness, Honesty, Integrity and Courage.
  • We will pursue safe, effective, timely, economical, and measurable solutions in providing emergency services to the citizens of our district.
  • We will consistently provide professional, skilled, trained courteous, and compassionate customer service.
  • We will be sensitive to the changing needs of our district.

MEET THE COMMISSIONERS

Bexar County Emergency Services District No. 2 is a taxing authority that is governed by Texas Health and Safety Code 775 and other Texas Laws.  Emergency Services Districts consists of 5 Commissioners.  Bexar County ESD No. 2 currently has 5 Commissioners on its board, all of which are actively serving.

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David Harris

President

dharris@esd2.org

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Richard Cash

Vice President

rcash@esd2.org

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Justen Noakes

Secretary

jnoakes@esd2.org

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Christopher Rait

Treasurer

crait@esd2.org

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Brian Fite

Assistant Treasurer

bfite@esd2.org


What is an Emergency Services District (ESD)?

An Emergency Services District (ESD) is a political subdivision of the State of Texas, similar to a School District, Library District or Hospital District. Depending on the ESD’s creation documents, an ESD can provide fire protection, emergency medical services or both. A board of five commissioners governs ESDs and operates independently from the county government. In most counties in Texas, the County Commissioners Court appoints the commissioners to two-year terms. Commissioners are elected for ESDs in Harris, Orange, and Smith counties, as well as for ESDs that exist in more than one county.

The voters approved Bexar County ESD No. 2 in May of 2003.


How does an ESD get funding?

ESDs are allowed to levy ad valorem (property) tax. The Texas Constitution states that ESDs may tax up to $0.10 per $100 of property valuation. The ESD’s creation documents establish the district’s initial tax rate.

ESDs may also collect sales tax, provided an election is held and voters approve this power. In Texas, 8.25% is the maximum allowed sales tax rate. The state collects 6.25%, leaving 2% available to eligible local jurisdictions, including ESDs. An ESD may collect anywhere from .125% to 2% of the local sales tax rate depending on availability and subject to voter approval.

ESDs are also allowed to bill for services provided, such as emergency medical services or fire protection, if it so chooses.

Bexar County ESD No. 2 levies an ad valorem (property) tax of $0.099546 per $100.00 of property tax valuation and a local sales tax of 1.5%.


Bexar County ESD No. 2 - Financial Information

FY2018-2019 Audit Report

Current Year Budgeted

 

Financial Information

 

FY2020-2021 Approved Budget

 

Total Income: $19,323,700

 

Total Expense: $20,984,272

 

 

 

Ad Valorem Revenue

 

Proposed Amount: $9,800,000

 

 

 

Ad Valorem Tax Rate

 

$0.99546/$100 Valuation

 

 

 

Sales Tax Revenue

 

Proposed Amount: $6,600,000

Budgeted Dollar Amount

 

Difference From Previous Year

 

Amount Change

 

Revenue Increase: $2,404,939

 

Expense Increase: $4,493,932

 

 

 

Ad Valorem Revenue Amount Change

 

Income Increase: $1,040,000

 

 

 

Ad Valorem Tax Rate

 

Decrease of $0.000454/$100

 

 

 

Sales Tax Revenue Amount Change

 

Income Increase: $2,100,000

Budgeted Percentage

 

Difference From Previous Year

 

Percentage Change

 

Income Increase:  14.21%

 

Expense Increase: 27.25%

 

 

 

Ad Valorem Revenue Percent Change

 

Income Increase: 11.87%

 

 

 

Ad Valorem Tax Rate

 

Decrease of 0.46%

 

 

 

Sales Tax Revenue Percent Change

 

Income Increase: 46.67%


3 Year Budget Comparison

FY2020-2021 Budgeted

 

Financial Information

 

Tax Rates

 

Ad Valorem Adopted Tax Rate

$0.099546/$100 Valuation

 

Sales Tax Rate

$0.015 (1.5%)

 


 

Budget (Approved)

Income:  $19,323,700

Expense: $20,984,272

 


 

M&O Ad Valorem Tax Amount

$9,800,000

 

M&O Ad Valorem Tax Rate

$0.099546/$100 Valuation

 


 

Debt Service Ad Valorem Tax Rate

$0.00/$100 Valuation

FY2019-2020 Budgeted

 

Financial Information

 

Tax Rates

 

Ad Valorem Adopted Tax Rate

$0.10/$100 Valuation

 

Sales Tax Rate

$0.015 (1.5%)

 


 

Budget (Approved)

Income:  $16,918,761

Expense: $16,490,340

 


 

M&O Ad Valorem Tax Amount

$8,760,000

 

M&O Ad Valorem Tax Rate

$0.10/$100 Valuation

 


 

Debt Service Ad Valorem Tax Rate

$0.00/$100 Valuation

FY2018-2019 Budgeted

 

Financial Information

 

Tax Rates

 

Ad Valorem Adopted Tax Rate

$0.10/$100 Valuation

 

Sales Tax Rate

$0.015 (1.5%)

 


 

Budget (Final)

Income:  $13,495,922

Expense: $11,354,500

 


 

M&O Ad Valorem Tax Amount

$7,772,000

 

M&O Ad Valorem Tax Rate

$0.10/$100 Valuation

 


 

Debt Service Ad Valorem Tax Rate

$0.00/$100 Valuation