HUDSON, TX (KTRE) – A decision to expand emergency services in the Hudson area is now in the hands of the voters.
Friday morning, Angelina County Commissioners approved putting the county's first emergency services district up for a vote. The issue will appear on the November ballot for residents in the Hudson school district.
If approved, the county would appoint a board of directors to run the district and set a tax rate. Texas law allows for a maximum rate of ten cents per 100 dollars valuation.
The money would fund the hiring of firefighters, buying ambulances, fire trucks, gear and training. "I think people are going to gripe about the tax increase, but they won't gripe when their house is getting put out," said Wayne Fondren in a previous interview with KTRE.
Fondren is a Hudson resident who sees the need for the E-S-D. The E-S-D, if approved, would affect taxpayers who live in the Hudson Independent School District, excluding areas that lie within the city limits of Lufkin, according to Wes Suiter, Angelina County Judge.
It will now be up to those taxpayers to decide whether they are willing to pay more taxes in order to fund the E-S-D.