The Lewisville Fire Control, Prevention, and Emergency Medical Services District (Fire Prevention 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.
Early voting starts Monday, April 23 and continues through Tuesday, May 1. Castle Hills voters can cast early ballots at any polling place designated by the Denton County Elections Office, including Carrollton Public Library, 4220 N. Josey Lane, and Lewisville Municipal Annex, 1197 W. Main Street. Election Day voting will be at the Queen Margaret Community Center, 2501 Queen Margaret Drive.
Because they live in the extra-territorial jurisdiction and not within city boundaries, Castle Hills voters are not eligible to participate in the Lewisville City Council election being held at the same time.
The Lewisville Fire Prevention 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 station starting this fall, including 18 new firefighter positions.
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 Prevention 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.
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.