Smith County Emergency Services District #2 is a political subdivision of the State of Texas serving the majority of Smith County Texas as a taxing district to support emergency services, such as fire suppression and rescue services. The District is governed by a board of five commissioners who are elected for 4-year terms. They must be residents in the District. Smith County ESD #2 is funded by property taxes, which are based on appraisals of real and personal property such as single-family residential, multi-family residential, commercial and raw land, as well as Sales Tax .
Smith County Emergency Services District 2 was created in 2007 by successful passage of an election as authorized by Chapter 775 of the Texas Health and Safety Code and as ordered by the Smith County Commissioners Court. The election served to establish a geographical boundary with the authorization to establish a property tax rate not to exceed $0.10 per $100.00 assessed value.
Collectively, the SC-ESD2 system provides a variety of emergency services including fire suppression, emergency medical services (first responder, non-transport), technical rescue, water rescue, and hazardous materials response. Support services include public education, fleet and facility maintenance, member training, information technology, and administrative support services.Learn More
The pink area in the map below designates the area Smith County ESD2 is responsible for.
Smith County is located in East Texas, approximately 98 miles from Dallas. The County has a long and distinguished history dating back to 1846. Today, Smith County has a population of over 230,000 residents and is home to numerous higher education institutions, with rich cultural diversity. The District has a challenging response area covering 712 square miles throughout Smith County and outside the city limits of Tyler, Texas, and smaller jurisdictions. There is a wide variety of population densities, geographic variances including large bodies of water and limited-access open-space. The jurisdictional boundaries around the cities of Tyler and Whitehouse affect agency response in some areas of the District; thus, the District must rely on internal resources to provide effective emergency response.