MESSAGE FROM THE MAYOR: PROPOSAL FOR VOTER APPROVED TAX RATE TO FUND FIRE, EMS2021-05-28
From Corsicana Mayor Don Denbow:

Dear Residents:
One of the most important roles for local government is to provide for the
well-being of residents. This typically means providing for police, fire, and
emergency medical services. Many of you know that in 2002 the City of Corsicana
and Navarro County decided that the Corsicana Fire Department would provide the
Emergency Medical Service (EMS) throughout Navarro County.

Like communities across Texas, we are always looking for ways to deliver quality
service at the lowest possible cost. In 2015, the Commissioners Court sought
Requests for Proposals to provide EMS to County residents. This year, 2021, the
City Council and the County Commissioners met to review the program to determine the
best way to continue providing EMS to the City of Corsicana and Navarro County. As
a result of this meeting, the City made a Request for Proposal to assess whether a
private EMS provider could deliver the service at a lower cost to taxpayers of both
entities. Two proposals were received from private EMS providers, which would
either reduce or eliminate any additional use of tax revenue.

At a recent Council meeting, a number of people spoke about the EMS. The speakers
talked about their desire to support the Corsicana Fire Department continuing as the
EMS provider for Corsicana and Navarro County. Fire Chief Paul Henley has stated to
the Council that he cannot continue to provide the same quality service with the
current number of personnel.

Models were developed to determine the staffing and resources necessary to continue
to provide this service to the County and the associated cost. In addition,
staffing was also considered to include the requested three-man engines to provide
coverage for the City. These models were designed in consultation with Chief
Henley.

The plan to provide the service will be at a considerable cost and will require
additional revenues above what is available due to the legislative tax cap that was
approved under SB 2 during the 86th Legislative Session. Therefore, as the Mayor, I
will place an item on the next agenda for Council consideration that will call a
referendum election in November for a voter approved tax rate to cover the cost of
this service. The specific details will be discussed during a public hearing June
14, 2021, at 6:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers at the Government Center. On June
28, 2021, the Council will conduct a second public hearing and consider action on
the item.


Don Denbow

Mayor
City of Corsicana