Emergency Services District 7 resides outside of the City of New Braunfels limits but is serviced by the New Braunfels Fire Department.
An Emergency Services District (ESD) is a local government agency created by a vote of the public to provide fire protection and/or emergency medical services (EMS) in specific areas in unincorporated Comal County. ESDs are governed by a Board of five Commissioners. These Commissioners are generally appointed by the County Commissioners Court that they reside in.
The principal behind ESD 7 is to spread the funding for vital emergency services amongst everyone within the district that might depend on those services. ESDs are primarily funded by an ad valorem (property) tax that, under the State Constitution, cannot exceed $0.10 per $100 of property valuation. ESDs may also levy a sales and use tax for additional funding.
The Comal County Emergency Services District 7 can be reached via postal mail at: P.O. Box 311975 New Braunfels, TX 78131
It is governed by the following board of directors
- President James Frye – email@example.com
- Vice President Christine Seidel – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Secretary Kim Carroll – email@example.com
- Treasurer Greg Drake – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Commissioner Mark Kauzlarich - email@example.com
January 21, 2021 - Agenda
Previous Meetings & Minutes
December 3, 2021 - Destruction of Ballots
Q: What is an Emergency Services District (ESD)?
A: An Emergency Services District is a political subdivision of the State of Texas, similar to a School District, Library District or Hospital District.
Q: What does an ESD do?
A: Depending on the ESD’s creation documents, an ESD can provide fire protection, emergency medical services or both.
Q: How are ESDs created?
A: ESDs are crated through a “grassroots” effort:
Q: How are ESDs governed?
A: A board of five commissioners governs ESDs. In most counties in Texas, the County Commissioners Court appoints the commissioners to two-year terms.
Q: How are ESDs funded?
A: 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.
Q: How often do ESD boards meet?
A: By law, ESD boards must meet at least once a month. All meetings are subject to the Texas Open Meetings Act. ESDs must also comply with the Texas Public Information Act concerning open records requests and records retention.
Q: How do ESDs provide services to the public?
A: ESDs provide services in a variety of ways. Some ESDs chose to contract with an independent service provider, such as a fire department or an ambulance service. Other ESDs chose to function as the service provider themselves, taking on the role of overseeing the actual day-to-day management of the services.