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HomeMy WebLinkAboutRES 870322 - Rural Fire ProtectionA RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF GEORGETOWN, TEXAS TO DEVELOP A POLICY STATEMENT REGARDING RURAL FIRE PROTECTION AND THE ENCOURAGEMENT AND PROMOTION OF CREASING A RURAL FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT FOR SPECIFIED AREAS OUTSIDE THE CITY. WHEREAS, the City of Georgetown, an incorporated municipality within Williamson County, currently provides adequate and reliable fire protection to it's citizens, that the City Council is strongly committed to meeting the necessary requirements to continue to provide satisfactory fire protection service to it's own taxpayers; AND WHEREAS, the City of Georgetown Fire Department each year directs approximately 50% of it's services and resources to protecting lives and property outside the City Limits of Georgetown with very little compensation from Williamson County for such service; AND WHEREAS, Williamson County is not willing to bear a fair and reasonable cost for providing fire service protection to it's rural citizens, and that the City of Georgetown taxpayers can no longer continue to subsidize the cost of providing rural fire protection; AND WHEREAS, the City Council is willing to enter into a contractual agreelaent with a Rural Fire Protection Tax District to continue to provide fire protection outside the City Limits in order to receive a fair and reasonable compensation for providing such service; Therefore, be it resolved by the City Council of Georgetown: 11 That the City Council resolves to petition for an election to create a Rural Fire Protection Tax District for areas outside the City Limits, and as of January 1, 1988 the City of Georgetown will no longer provide fire protection outside the City Limits except under a contract with a Rural Fire Protection Tax District. Furthermore, this resolution is to be construed as a policy statement relating to rural fire protection, and that we sincerely encourage citizens within the ETJ and affected rural areas to seriously consider this policy statement in their assessment of the need to create a Rural Fire Protection Tax District. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: That the Mayor and City Council hereby authorize the City Manager to participate with Homeowner Associations and Neighborhood Groups within the affected area to implement the petition process and to encourage the passage of an election to create a Rural Fire Protection Tax District. Passed and approved this ,04 day of March 1987, by the City Council of the City of Georgetown, Texas convened in regular session with a lawful quorum present. c— .Tim Colbert, Mayor ATTEST: P'at Caballero, City Secretary