This week, I was honored to join Senator Judith Zaffirini for an appreciation ceremony in honor of our work passing SB 1596, which ensures that when cities in Travis County annex property, a mutually agreed plan is put in place to provide emergency services to residents.
This bill protects emergency services after annexation.
Current law allows cities to annex portions of emergency service districts (ESD’s) without determining a plan for providing those services rendered to the annexed area. This created a problem because when a municipality annexes portions of an ESD, often the municipality annexes a critical revenue source for the ESD, leaving the ESD to do more with less.
Our bill, SB 1596, provides for the protection of residents by ensuring they have no reduction in emergency services after annexation, and allows the ESD to remain in place after annexation at the discretion of the city, even after the city is providing service.
For our work, Senator Zaffirini and I were honored by 125 firefighters this week, members of the Austin Firefighters Association and Travis County Firefighters Association.
I’m honored to receive this award from our community’s brave first responders, who do such great work to protect and serve our communities. They’re the folks who deserve the trophies and certificates for their everyday commitment to keeping our families safe.