Welcome to the Brazoria County Emergency Service District #4 website. ESD#4 was formed on November 6th 2018 by a vote of those citizens who live in portions of the Extra Territorial Jurisdiction Pearland Texas. The ESD #4 covers parts of Pearland, Alvin, Friendswood, Manvel, and Houston. On this website we hope to provide information to the public about how and why they are being taxed to provide Emergency Service to their properties. Emergency Service Districts are common throughout Texas in rural areas that are outside of a city. There are various types of ESD services, ESD #4 is for Fire and Emergency Medical only. Some ESD’s cover Law Enforcement, Hospital Districts and other public services. On our website you can find minutes from our meetings, agendas, when and where we meet. We will update the information and offer links that will help you to understand where your emergency service will be coming from who will be providing them. We will update you with how they’re doing with the taxes that you are providing to secure their services. If you have questions you can always contact us using the contact link provided.
The primary goal of ESD #4 in Brazoria County is to ensure that we have adequate professional Fire, Ambulance, and EMS service to the citizens and businesses within the ESD #4 boundaries. We are very much aware that we represent the citizens within ESD #4 and we take seriously how we spend your tax dollars and our tax dollars. We are determined to secure the very best service that we can. It must be adequate, it must be professional, it must be affordable, and accountable. We opened up to bid all of the emergency service providers in our local area.. And from those that wanted to do the job, and that were able to provide the services, we made the best decision on who we would contract with to provide our EMS services. We will be tracking the service rendered from our provider. Response times, condition and availability of equipment and staff among other points of concern.
Pearland has determined you, I and others that live in an Extra Territorial Jurisdiction (ETJ) of the City of Pearland will NOT receive Fire and Ambulance service at our property effective 1/1/2019. You may have seen on the news last October / November the city was trying to annex many areas that were ETJs of the city of Pearland. After many citizens protested the annexation, the City agreed not to move forward with the planned annexations of ESD #4 areas.
For decades the city of Pearland has provided Fire and Ambulance service to the ETJ at no charge assuming that someday they would annex all the ETJs. They have decided they can no longer afford to provide that service to you and to me. The option before us is an Emergency Service District (ESD). There’s plenty of information about that on the Pearland website and it’s regulated and governed by the State of Texas. The maximum amount that we can be taxed in an ESD is $0.10 per $100 of evaluation. We are not paying Pearland city taxes since we were not annexed but we are requesting to form an ESD and pay $0.10 per $100 evaluation. If you have a house assessed at $200,000 you would be billed on your annual property taxes $200 for ESD #4 for which would go to provide funds to a designated department to continue Fire and Ambulance service to you and me and others in the ETJ. The City of Pearland tax rate is $0.685059 so the tax paid on the same house if we had been annexed would have been $1,370.12.
It is very important that we vote in favor of ESD #4 in November. I have talked with insurance agents who have assured me that with no definite Fire and Ambulance Service, especially of the quality of service from Pearland, insurance premiums would go up on my property and I’m sure on yours as well. I’ve heard estimates for fire coverage going up an additional $1,000 to $1,500 annually. And how can you blame an insurance company for charging outrageous premiums when your house is likely going to burn to the ground before somebody shows up?
Several of us were involved in protesting and fighting the annexation; we did not want to be paying City taxes without having City water and sewer service. This on the other hand, is a great deal for us and it’s a good deal for the City of Pearland. They just cannot fiscally ask the citizens of Pearland to continue to fund Fire and Ambulance service to those of us that are outside the City limits and pay nothing into the City. Please join me in voting FOR ESD #4 on November 6th. IT WILL BE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE BALLOT!
You received this letter because you cared enough to VOTE in 2016. This isn’t a Republican / Democrat issue, this is a “you and me” need Fire and Ambulance Service issue. Please encourage your neighbors to vote FOR the formation of ESD #4.
Thank you, Bill Brummett. Endorsed by many ETJ neighbors.