Hudson Volunteer Fire Department pushing to become Emergency Service District

By Whitney Grunder - bio | email

HUDSON, TX (KTRE) – The Hudson Volunteer Fire Department is pushing to become an Emergency Service District.

This would allow the collection of property tax in order to provide more fire protection and first- responder funding.

If the proposal goes before voters, a five member board appointed by Angelina County would be able to place a property tax no higher than 10 cents per $100 evaluation.

Hudson fire-fighters say this funding is necessary to providing the highest level of protection in the community.

"It would mean station additions as far as new stations to bring our apparatus closer to the citizens to have a quicker response time. Some other things we're looking at is the possibility of having a day crew in place which is Monday through Friday, eight to five," explained Lt. Caleb Ramsey with the Hudson VFD.

Ramsey says there are 291 Emergency Service Districts in Texas, four in Nacogdoches County.

The fire department plans to hold several public information meetings before it appears on the ballot in May 2011.

The next meeting is Monday October 11th, at seven pm at the Hudson volunteer fire station.

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