Bertram council seeks to collect ESD funds
October 24, 2012, 10:00 pm by Brenda Young
After months of trying, the City of Bertram is not any closer to reaching an agreement with the Burnet County Emergency Services District (BCESD) No. 4, according to information provided to the city council during a regular meeting Monday night. City attorney Mike Guevara told council members he has received only limited response from an attorney representing the BCESD No. 4 regarding the legality of a contract signed between the two parties many years ago.
The city is seeking to collect funds from BCESD No. 4 to help offset the cost of the Bertram Volunteer Fire Department’s retirement, insurance and Worker’s Compensation benefits.
According to councilman Dickie Allen, the problem stems from a signed agreement by a previous mayor and city administration several years ago in which the city agreed to pay for the benefits until the BCESD No. 4 received funding.
"The ESD didn’t have any money until 2010, and the agreement was in effect by January 2010. The original agreement was signed by ESD representative Chuck Caraway, and they were supposed to pay $ 2,750 on a quarterly basis each year; however, the city only received the first two payments, and that was it.”
For more on this story, see next Wednesday’s Burnet Bulletin.
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