JUST IN: Pflugerville votes not to include EMS overlay proposal on May ballot

Pflugerville City Council voted 6-1 on Feb. 3 not to include an emergency services district overlay proposal on the May ballot. (Kelsey Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Pflugerville City Council voted 6-1 on Feb. 3 not to include an emergency services district overlay proposal on the May ballot. (Kelsey Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)

Pflugerville City Council voted 6-1 on Feb. 3 not to include an emergency services district overlay proposal on the May ballot. (Kelsey Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)

Pflugerville City Council voted 6-1 on Feb. 3 not to include an emergency services district overlay proposal on the May ballot. The proposal petitioning for the creation of Travis County Emergency Services District No. 17 received signatures from more than 4,700 Travis County residents in the fall.

The proposed overlay would have had the same service area boundaries as Travis County ESD No. 2, which oversees the Pflugerville Fire Department. The Pflugerville Professional Firefighters Association established the petition in September after ESD No. 2 released financial projections in summer 2020 that showed a diminishing of reserve funds by fiscal year 2023-24.


In a Feb. 2 joint session between the ESD No. 2 board and Pflugerville City Council, some future funding ideas brainstormed included: use of city debt financing to help pay for ESD No. 2 capital expenditures, such as new stations, facilities resources; the dissolution of ESD No. 2 to allow the city to run a municipal fire department; and the potential for moving the district overlay proposal to the November ballot.

Regarding a potential future item on the November ballot, several council members said the delayed action would allow the city to complete a financial and operational analysis of ESD No. 2's fiscal stability and use of resources. Pflugerville City Council approved hiring consulting firm AP Triton on Jan. 26 to analyze ESD No. 2's operations and means of future funding options.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.