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May 9, 2013

Aledo VFD president fights flames of what he calls misinformation, insults and lies about ESD annexation election

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Not sure what this means. This election is for the citizens of the Aledo fire district. Some of those citizens live in small towns but many live in the unincorporated areas of the county. The Aledo VFD has a much bigger responsibility than just for the small town of Annetta.

Additionally, this election does not impact small towns like Annetta that do not provide emergency or fire services. And, given the expense to do so, Annetta will not likely ever provide those services.  Emergency Services Districts (ESDs) were created as a political subdivision of the State of Texas, like a school district or a county. As Texas outgrows the abilities of cities and rural volunteer fire departments, ESDs are on the cutting edge of providing fire protection and emergency medical response to large portions of the state.

Citizens in the ESDs do have representation – both through their representative on the ESD board (which the Aledo VFD would have immediately if this passes) and as an individual who has an opportunity to be heard at every meeting (first item on each agenda). It is my understanding that if this does not pass, ESD 3 will attempt to hold the next election.

“The short version is that although I want to support the brave men and women of the Aledo Volunteer Fire Department, this annexation under current law would absolutely cripple the towns that are included in the annexation from ever having a part in planning for their emergency services.”

You might check with “the brave men and women of the Aledo Volunteer Fire Department” to see if they believe this statement. The flyer you received last week would lead you to believe that current law is going to be changed in a couple of weeks. Not true. HB 1798 has been “dead” for over six weeks and everyone knows it. I am astonished that they put out something as untruthful as this. The bill was seriously flawed and had the potential to leave people without service of any kind and was pulled back by the author. The current law does nothing to cripple towns or any citizen from participation. This is a calculated scare tactic.  

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