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Bastrop County ESD No. 2 was created in 2008 to provide improved fire, rescue, and emergency assistance to the residents of the District.  Since the creation, Bastrop County ESD No. 2, District Tax Payers have provided a dependable source of funding to enhance fire protection and EMS first response in the District.  This funding has supported the operations of the Bastrop County First Responders inside the District. In 2013 the residents of the area served by the Paige Volunteer Fire Department requested annexation into ESD No.2.  In November the voters in the Paige area and in ESD No.2 approved the annexation of approximately 80 square miles added to the existing 120 square miles of the District. The City of Bastrop opted out of the creation process and is not in, but surrounded by the District.

The Board of Emergency Services Commissioners, and the countless hours of training and emergency response from our firefighters, have enabled the District to improve fire fighting equipment, lower response times, provide enhanced and increased training opportunities for our Volunteers, and be good stewards of our citizen's money. All of these people have volunteered to spend hundreds of hours away from their families training, teaching, learning, protecting, and managing the District's efforts to improve fire protection.  

If you see a firefighter take a minute to thank them for their commitment and dedication to keeping our community safe. We can all find comfort in knowing that in our worst hour of need, these dedicated men and women are willing to volunteer many hours of their time for our community.

What is an Emergency Services District (ESD)?

An ESD is a political subdivision of the State of Texas, created by the citizens through an election and authorized by law to levy a tax for the purpose of providing emergency services.  In short, an ESD is a taxing district responsible for providing emergency services to a specific area, "the District".

How does an ESD work?

ESD No. 2 levies the maximum tax of $0.10 per $100 dollars of assessed property value. The ESD is governed by a five member Board of Emergency Services Commissioners appointed to staggered terms by the County Commissioner's Court. These Emergency Commissioners are responsible for managing the tax money collected and managing the development of emergency services in the district.

What does this mean for central and northeast Bastrop County?

The District has chosen to provide fire protection by paid staff, our volunteers of both the Paige Volunteer Fire Department Inc and Bastrop ESD 2. Both of these organizations are State chartered non-profit businesses. These fire departments work for the District and with their communities and each other to improve their level of service. This will mean improvements in several areas.

  1. Better Equipment.
  2. Better Training.
  3. A Safer Community.