Burn Ban Lifted

Tuesday, November 15, 2022 the Harris County Commissioners Court accepted HCFMO’s request to lift the burn ban in unincorporated Harris County. The ban went into effect on October 25, 2022.

Although the burn ban has been lifted, outdoor burning remains prohibited throughout Texas.

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) Outdoor Burning Rule allows for some exceptions designed to protect the environment and promote public health and safety.

Click here to learn more about the exceptions.

 

Harris County Commissioners Court Approves Burn Ban

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date:
News Release

Public Information Officer
(832) 509-7400
pio@fmo.hctx.net

Harris County, Texas –Today, Harris County Commissioner’s Court approved an outdoor burn ban due to continuous drought conditions across unincorporated Harris County. There are now 144 Texas counties with burn bans, including Harris, Galveston, Waller, Chambers and Liberty counties.

“The burn ban is meant to ensure the safety of our residents and their properties,” said Fire Marshal Laurie L. Christensen. We want to encourage residents to adhere to wildfire risk education and preparedness at all times yet, especially in these very dry conditions.”

No outdoor burning is allowed except: in an enclosure that contains all flames and/or sparks; outdoor burning activities authorized by TCEQ; approved ceremonial fires; non-commercial cooking such as backyard cookouts and barbeques are allowed; and welding and other hot work performed in accordance with county fire code requirements.

Violation of the ban is a Class C misdemeanor, punishable for up to a $500 fine. In addition, any person who starts a fire that causes damage to property without the consent of the owner may be charged with Reckless Damage or Destruction, a Class C misdemeanor, or arson, a felony.

TEN SIMPLE STEPS TO PROTECT YOUR HOME FROM WILDLAND FIRE

Wildfire can strike home if you have not taken some steps to protect your house and property. The actions and precautions listed below are designed to help you prepare your home and lessen the threat of wildland fire damage to you and your property.

  • DO NOT burn on red Flag or windy days and think twice before burning outdoors when KBDI approaches 700 or more.
  • LPG tanks should be far enough away from buildings for valves to be shut off in case of fire. Keep area around the tank clear of flammable vegetation.
  • Store gasoline in an approved safety can away from occupied buildings.
  • All combustibles such as firewood, wooden picnic tables, boats and stacked lumber should be kept away from structures.
  • Clear roof surfaces and gutters regularly to avoid build-up of flammable materials such as leaves and other debris.
  • Remove branches from trees to a height of 15 feet or more.
  • In rural areas, clear a fuel break of at least three times the fuel length around all structures.
  • Have fire tools handy such as: ladder long enough to reach your roof, shovel, rake and a bucket or two for water.
  • Place connected garden hoses at all sides of your home for emergency use.
  • Assure that you and your family know all emergency exits from your home.

The mission of the Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office is to safeguard the lives and property of the residents in Harris County through effective fire prevention, fire investigation, education, emergency response, and emergency management.

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New Fire Station

Sheldon Community Fire & Rescue Command Staff and Harris County ESD 60 conducted an inspection of the progress being made on our new station located at 7601 Uvalde Road and Kinsman.

Notice About 2022 Tax Rates

This Notice concerns the 2022 property tax rates for Harris County Emergency Services District No. 60. This notice provides information about two (2) tax rates used in adopting the current tax year’s tax rate. The no-new-revenue tax rate would impose the same amount of taxes as last year if you compare properties taxed in both years. In most cases, the voter-approval tax rate is the highest tax rate a taxing unit can adopt without holding an election. In each case, these rates are calculated by dividing the total amount of taxes by the current taxable value with adjustments as required by state law. The rates are given per $100 of property value.

Notice About 2022 Tax Rates (PDF)

Tax Rate Calculation Worksheet (PDF)

Notice of Public Hearing on Tax Increase

A tax rate of $0.05 per $100 valuation has been proposed by the governing body of Harris County Emergency Services District No. 60.

The no-new-revenue tax rate is the tax rate for the 2022 tax year that will raise the same amount of property tax revenue for Harris County Emergency Services District No. 60 from the same properties in both the 2021 tax year and the 2022 tax year.

The voter-approval rate is the highest tax rate that Harris County Emergency Services District No. 60 may adopt without holding an election to seek voter approval of the rate, unless the de minimis rate for Harris County Emergency Services District No. 60 exceeds the voter-approval rate for Harris County Emergency Services District No. 60.

The de minimis rate is the rate equal to the sum of the no-new-revenue maintenance and operations rate for Harris County Emergency Services District No. 60, the rate that will raise $500,000, and the current debt rate for Harris County Emergency Services District No. 60.

The proposed tax rate is greater than the no-new-revenue tax rate. This means that Harris County Emergency Services District No. 60 is proposing to increase property taxes for the 2022 tax year.

A PUBLIC HEARING ON THE PROPOSED TAX RATE WILL BE HELD ON August 24, 2022 at 7:30 p.m. at 8407 C.E. King Parkway, Houston, TX 77044.

Harris County Emergency Services District No. 60 shall take action on the proposed tax rate on August 24, 2022 at 7:30 p.m., following the hearing to be held.

The proposed tax rate is greater than the voter-approval tax rate but not greater than the de minimis rate. However, the proposed tax rate exceeds the rate that allows voters to petition for an election under Section 26.075, Tax Code. If Harris County Emergency Services District No. 60 adopts the proposed tax rate, the qualified voters of the Harris County Emergency Services District No. 60 may petition the Harris County Emergency Services District No. 60 to require an election to be held to determine whether to reduce the proposed tax rate. If a majority of the voters reject the proposed tax rate, the tax rate of the Harris County Emergency Services District No. 60 will be the voter-approval tax rate of the Harris County Emergency Services District No. 60.

Read Notice of Public Hearing on Tax Increase (PDF)

Notice of Public Hearing on Tax Increase

A tax rate of $0.05 per $100 valuation has been proposed by the governing body of Harris County Emergency Services District No. 60.

  • PROPOSED TAX RATE: $0.0500 per $100
  • NO-NEW-REVENUE TAX RATE: $0.0491 per $100
  • VOTER-APPROVAL TAX RATE: $0.0509 per $100
  • DE MINIMIS RATE: $0.0588 per $100

A PUBLIC HEARING ON THE PROPOSED TAX RATE WILL BE HELD ON August 23, 2021, at 7:30 p.m, at Sheldon Community Fire & Rescue Station No. 1, located at 8407 C.E. King Parkway, Houston, Texas 77044.

Read notice…