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~~What is an ESD?
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 Harris County. The governing statute for an ESD is Chapter 775 of the Texas Health and Safety Code. An ESD collects taxes based on appraisals of real and personal property, and usually contracts with a service provider, e.g. Little York Volunteer Fire Department. There are two types of ESDs: one is for fire protection and the other is for emergency medical services (EMS).
An ESD is governed by a board of commissioners who are elected to four-year staggered terms by the residents in the district. All candidates must file an application with an ESD board secretary or other officer appointed to carry out election duties. All members must be 18 years old and a resident of the district.
Some of the qualifications for applicants are:
•Community-oriented individuals, or have the desire to become involved
•Have a basic knowledge of business practices and/or fiscal issues
•Possess the ability to work with the other board members to ensure that the best possible service is provided to the residents of the district
•Have the time to dedicate and serve on the board
Little York Fire Dept is governed by Harris County ESD #17