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File #: 19-7624   
Type: Staff Briefing - Without Ordinance
In control: Intergovernmental Relations Committee
On agenda: 10/14/2019
Posting Language: Briefing and possible action on consent for Emergency Services District No. 4's request to incur debt [Jeff Coyle, Director, Government & Public Affairs]
Attachments: 1. IGR Committee_Item 2_ESD4
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DEPARTMENT: Government and Public Affairs



SUBJECT: Emergency Services District No. 4's Request to Incur Debt

A briefing on a request from Emergency Services District (ESD) No. 4 to incur debt of up to $4.5 million for construction of a new fire station. City consent to incur debt is required pursuant to the agreement terms between Bexar County and the City of San Antonio that created ESD No. 4 in 2007.

On February 15, 2007, City Council approved, through ordinance #2007-02-15-0183, an agreement with Bexar County to create Emergency Services District No. 4 within the City's Extraterritorial Jurisdiction (ETJ) for the provision of fire suppression and emergency medical services for individuals residing within the district's boundaries. ESD No. 4 is located in north/northwest Bexar County and is generally described as bounded on the west by Toutant Beauregard Rd. and Scenic Loop Rd.; on the south by Babcock Rd.; on the east by the city limits of the City of San Antonio, Ralph Fair Rd., and the City of Fair Oaks Ranch; and on the north by Kendall County.

Because state law (Texas Health and Safety Code Section 775.022) requires that the City pay the District a pro-rata share of the District's indebtedness should the City annex a portion of the District's territory, the City reviews and evaluates any request to incur debt prior to providing consent.

The agreement includes the following conditions:
* ESD No. 4 cannot incur debt in excess of $20,000 without the consent of the City.
* If the City annexes a portion of ESD No. 4, any contractual obligations of ESD No. 4 to, or the payment of any debt incurred by, a third-party contractor will not be a debt for purposes of Texas Health and Safety Code Section 775.002 unless City approved the contract creating the obligation or debt.
* Any fire station constructed by ESD No. 4 will be located and constructed with the concurrence of t...

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