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May 19, 2013

The Annettas seek ESD change

Towns petition ESD No. 3 for inclusion in that district just days after ESD No. 1 vote to annex them, Aledo.

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“I’m talking about a metal building with a few bays, not a Taj Mahal,” he said. “I’m not going to jump out and make a lot of promises.”

Mayor Kleinschmidt said he does not agree that voters have decided that they want to become a part of ESD No. 1, even though voters in the Aledo Fire District approved the proposition.

The annexation proposition passed by 42 votes, but Aledo fire district voters rejected an option to assume the ESD’s debt.

“There has been no debate about ESD No. 3,” he said. “It’s going to take another election. We’re talking to our lawyers and other people involved.”

Mayor Watson said the City of Annetta North has taken no action regarding the petition for inclusion in ESD No. 3.

The petitions have been circulating in the Annettas since May 6 — before the May 11 election — he said, because petitioners wanted to be ready to move forward with ESD No. 3 if the election to join ESD No. 1 failed.

“I’m not opposed to it if there’s a way to join ESD No. 3,” he said. “We would rather have the 24-hour paid coverage.”

Mayor Pinckard echoed Watson, saying the petition was generated because residents wanted to be first in line with ESD No. 3 if the proposition to join ESD No. 1 failed.

Having it go forward now, in the face of a successful election, is a matter of leaving no stone unturned.

“Since we don’t know what will happen, we don’t want to leave any options out,” he said. “My thought is if I don’t do anything, I don’t want to find out later that I could have.” 

ESD Board President Rena Peden said she would turn over any questions about the issue to ESD No. 1’s attorney.

“There’s a potential for cities to buy out of an ESD if they plan to provide their own services,” she said. “I don’t think this would change the way the buyout is structured.”

It isn’t clear if or how the newly petitioned area can be released from ESD No. 1, or if the fact that voters in the annexed district declined to accept the ESD’s debt makes a difference.

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