Voters Pass Sales Tax Proposal in Walker County Emergency Services District #2
Residents in the unincorporated areas of Walker County Emergency Services District #2 voted in favor of the sales tax proposition with 302 voting in favor and 137 opposed. Passage of the proposition will establish a sales tax in the unincorporated areas of the ESD to support new development and lessen the burden on property owners in the area.
NWVFD Fire Chief Jacob Slott stated that the Department’s goal is to trade sales tax dollars for County property tax dollars in the unincorporated areas of the ESD and return resident’s property tax dollars to the Walker County Commissioner’s Court.
Chief Slott stated that, “We are very excited about the passage of the proposition and we want to thank everyone that worked so hard to make this happen. The passage of the sales tax means that everyone who might need emergency services pays a little bit, whereas before , property owners footed the bill for all emergency services. Prior to the passage of this proposition, 90% of our funding came from property taxes, with the rest coming from community donations.”
As taxpayers ourselves, we understand that no one likes to pay taxes and we remain committed to be good stewards of the funding we receive from the community, whether it be tax dollars or donated funds. The NWVFD will continue to aggressively seek State and Federal grant funding for all major purchases and will continue to submit annual independent audits to both the Emergency Services District and to Commissioner’s Court.
Both the ESD and New Waverly Volunteer Fire Department conduct annual 3rd party certified audits and the NWVFD submits monthly financial reports to the ESD and quarterly reports to Walker County Commissioner’s Court.