The Lewisville Fire Control, Prevention, and Emergency Medical Services District (Fire Control District) has called a special election for Saturday, May 5, in which Castle Hills residents will decide whether to join the district.
Lewisville City Council, acting as the district board of directors, called the election Tuesday morning, Feb. 13.
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The Lewisville Fire Control District levies an eighth-cent sales tax to support fire department services. If Castle Hills voters opt to join the district, it would collect an estimated $200,000 in additional sales tax per year, which would help pay operating expenses at the new Fire Station #8 currently under construction on Josey Lane. The city will budget about $2 million annually to operate the new station starting this fall, including 18 new firefighter positions.
See below for information on current Fire Service costs in Castle Hills.
When completed, Fire Station #8 will share with existing Fire Station #6 the primary response duties for rapidly growing east Lewisville, including Castle Hills. Currently, those primary response duties are handled only by Fire Station #6.
The Fire Control District was created by Lewisville voters in November 2011, and re-authorized in May 2016 for an additional 20 years. The district boundaries match the city’s municipal boundaries, and do not include the city’s ETJ that contains Castle Hills.
If the ballot measure is approved, Castle Hills probably would be added to the Fire Control District boundaries on July 1. Collection of the additional eighth-cent sales tax would start at the same time.
State law was changed in 2015 to allow cities to add all or part of their ETJ to an existing fire prevention district if approved by voters living in the affected territory.
Lewisville also has a Crime Control and Prevention District that levies an eighth-cent sales tax for law enforcement uses. State law does not currently allow the city to add ETJ areas to that district. The city will seek a change in state law during the 2019 legislative session.
Early voting will begin Monday, April 23. Visit the Voter Information page for more information.
Fire Services in Castle Hills
Castle Hills master planned community is in the Lewisville ETJ, but is not yet part of the city. Annexation is possible as early as 2021.
Lewisville does provide fire and emergency medical services to Castle Hills through an agreement with Denton County Fresh Water Supply District 1-A (DCFWSD), which manages the Castle Hills development.
Each year, the city calculates the average cost for a fire service call and the average cost of an EMS service call. This is done by taking the total budget for each area and dividing it by the total number of calls citywide (including Castle Hills) for each service.
Those averages then are applied to the actual number of fire and EMS calls conducted in Castle Hills the previous year to determine the actual cost of services provided. That cost is passed along to DCFWSD. This allows the actual service cost to be borne by Castle Hills and not subsidized by Lewisville residents who pay property tax to the city.
Those calculations for the current budget year can be seen below.
The contracted cost is paid using sales tax money collected at businesses in Castle Hills, a portion of which are paid by residents of adjacent communities who shop and dine at Castle Hills businesses.
This contract will become void upon annexation, at which time Castle Hills residents will become full residents of Lewisville and will receive all municipal services at equal levels.
|Average Cost per Call (For 15-16 the cost of Fire Calls Only)
|Actual Number of District Fire Calls in Prior Four Quarters
|Proportionate District Annual Share of City of Lewisville Budget for Fire Calls
|Average Cost per EMS Call
|Actual Number of District EMS Calls in Prior Four Quarters
|Proportionate District Annual Share of City of Lewisville Budget for EMS Calls||$414,144.21
|TOTAL COST FOR FIRE/EMS SERVICES