Texas

“If it’s not broken, don’t fix it”; Pflugerville firefighters, some residents outraged by petition calling for ESD 2 funding to be withdrawn.

Firefighters and some residents have said they are upset by a petition seeking to remove the 1 cent sales tax from Travis County ESD 2 and donate half a cent to the city of Pflugerville in hopes of establishing a city ambulance service.

Melody Ryan, press secretary Pflugerville Residents for Responsible Taxation, said the group launched the petition in October after ESD stopped providing ambulance services to the city. Ryan said the petition gathered more than 7,000 signatures, which were handed over to ESD on Dec. 16.

Ryan said the group wants local taxes to be used in Pflugerville by leaders chosen by the residents. She said ESD 2 would still be able to fund its fire department without having to close any stations or lay off firefighters.

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