ESD: What is an ESD? How is it different from a city fire department?

Tuesday, December 19th, 2017

An Emergency Services District (ESD) is a local government agency created by a public vote to provide fire protection and/or emergency medical services in a specific area. The governing statute for an ESD is Chapter 775 of the Texas Health & Safety Code, making an ESD a political subdivision of the State of Texas.

Travis County Emergency Services District 2 is headquartered in Pflugerville, but we are not part of city/municipal government. We are governed by a Board of Emergency Commissioners who are volunteers appointed by the Travis County Commissioners Court.

As an ESD, we are funded primarily by property taxes, which by law are capped for all ESDs at $0.10 per $100 of home value, plus a sales tax supplement. Our service area covers approximately 100 square miles, including the City of Pflugerville at the center, Wells Branch to the west, and unincorporated Travis County to the east and south. Click here to see our service area map.