Hays County is served by 8 Emergency Services Districts (ESDs) that provide valuable emergency services such as fire and EMS to residents of Hays County. ESDs are political subdivisions established by local voters for the purpose of raising money through ad valorem taxes on all real property located within the district. Some ESDs use sales taxes to help fund their district.

Under state law, ESDs must file annual reports with the Texas Department of Agriculture’s Office of Rural Affairs. For more information about the filing requirements and operating requirements for ESDs please visit: http://www.texasagriculture.gov/

Additional information about ESDs is available from the Texas Association of Fire and Emergency Districts at www.safe-d.org , including a presentation on how ESDs are created and organized: http://www.safe-d.org/pdf/OrganizingnewESD.pdf

Below are links to the FY 2012 filings for the 8 Hays County EDS, including the general area served, service(s) provided and the local jurisdiction from which the ESD generally operates: