All of the discussion of an Emergency Services District in Grimes County has led to a date for public discussion being set on January 18th.
But, what is the general feel from the public that has led to this point? Both sides of the coin spoke at the most recent Commissioner’s Court meeting, during public comments.
Speaking in favor of the ESD, was representative of the committee who filed the petition Michelle Gremillon.
“Such a district would improve the quality of safety in Grimes County. Citizens would provide dedicated funding to local fire departments, and emergency services, by a tax structure determined by this court. You all determine the mode, and amount, of the tax,” said Gremillon.
Over 300 ESD’s exist in the state today. She says the main purpose of their committee is just to ensure citizen’s get a vote on the issue.
On the flip side of the spectrum was Dianna Westmoreland, who is part of many county organizations. She encouraged the court to do their homework.
“There are lots of options, and possibilities, and I do not know if it is feasible right now,” said Westmoreland. “This is a lot of money, and a lot of power. When the ESD is formed, the county no longer has control over it. It is run by the Texas Department of Agriculture, and separate from you totally.”
Commissioner-elect David Tullos also spoke against the ESD, noting that three municipalities have already voted against the idea.
The meeting for public discussion of the ESD is set for January 18th at 6 pm in the Grimes County Commissioner’s Court room.