The Blanco County Emergency Service District #2 (ESD) is hosting a town hall meeting on Monday, May 6, 2013 at the Old Blanco County Courthouse at 6:00 PM to gather input from south Blanco County residents about expectation and concerns they have for emergency services. The ESD contracts with Blanco Volunteer Fire Department for fire and emergency services and with Blanco Volunteer Ambulance Corp for ambulance and emergency services. In addition to gathering expectations and concerns, the public is invited to provide positive feedback about emergency services received.
Residents who live in the Blanco County ISD school district are served by Blanco ESD #2 and are invited to attend. Retired Air Force Colonel Jack Twilley, a resident in the ESD district, has graciously agreed to be the facilitator for the meeting. The information gathered from citizens will be used for budgeting, planning for facilities, equipment and personnel for the next 5 years.
The Blanco County Emergency Services District # 2 (South Blanco County ESD) is the governmental body responsible for the funding of the fire and emergency services for South Blanco County. The five ESD commissioners are appointed by the Blanco County Commissioners’ Court for terms of two years. Current commissioners are Wayne “Dirt” Dworaczyk, Ann Hall, Mary Ann Millard, and Theresa Turner; Darwin Labarthe is on the April 23rd Blanco County Commissioners Court agenda for appointment to the ESD Board. Blanco County taxpayers are currently taxed 0.085 cents per $100 valuation for the ESD.
The amount paid by each property owner is shown on the tax statement along with the County tax and BISD tax. Those taxes fund only a portion of the emergency services. Additional funding comes from donations, billings, fund raising events held by the VFD & EMS, and grants. Regular board meetings of the Blanco ESD #2 are held the third Monday of each month at 6:30 PM at the Blanco EMS building on Chandler Dr. and are open to the public. The north part of Blanco County (Johnson City ISD) is served by Blanco County ESD #1.