General and Special Laws of The State of Texas Passed By The Second Called Session of the Sixty-Eighth Legislature and the Regular Session of the Sixty-Ninth Legislature Page: 25
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68th LEGIS-2nd CALLED SESSION
board, the director shall prepare an annual budget that must be approved by the board and then
presented to the commissioners court of the county, the governing bodies of the most populous
cities, and the other participating jurisdictions in the district for final approval. For approval,
the commissioners court and the governing bodies of the most populous cities must approve the
budget, and a majority of the remaining participating jurisdictions must approve the budget, that
approval to be given by the mayor's council established to administer urban development block
grant funds if such a mayor's council exists, and if a mayor's council does not exist, then by the
governing bodies of all other cities and towns lying wholly or partly within the district. In like
manner, all budget revisions must be approved by the board, the commissioners court, the most
populous cities, and the remaining participating jurisdictions. Annually, the board shall have an
independent financial audit of the district performed.
SECTION 8. ESTABLISHMENT OF 9-1-1 SERVICE. (a) A district shall provide 9-1-1
service to all participating jurisdictions under any one or a combination of the following methods
(1) transfer method;
(2) relay method;
(3) dispatch method;
(4) automatic number identification;
(5) automatic location identification;
(6) selective routing; or
(7) any equivalent method.
(b) A district shall provide 9-1-1 service by one or both of the following plans:
(1) with the consent of a participating jurisdiction, the district may design, implement, and
operate a 9-1-1 system for the jurisdiction provided the final plans for the system for a particular
jurisdiction must have the approval of that jurisdiction; or
(2) with the consent of the affected participating jurisdictions, the district may design,
implement, and operate a 9-1-1 system for two or more participating jurisdictions if a joint
operation would be more economically feasible than separate systems for each jurisdiction
provided final plans for the system must have the approval of the participating jurisdictions.
(c) The district shall recommend minimum standards for a 9-1-1 system.
SECTION 9. PRIMARY EMERGENCY TELEPHONE NUMBER. The digits 9-1-1 shall
be the primary emergency telephone number within the territory of a district established under
this Act. A public safety agency whose services are available through a 9-1-1 system may
maintain a separate number or numbers for emergencies and shall maintain a separate number or
numbers for nonemergency telephone calls.
SECTION 10. TRANSMITTING REQUESTS FOR EMERGENCY AID. (a) A 9-1-1
system established under this Act must be capable of transmitting requests for fire-fighting, law
enforcement, ambulance, and medical services to a public safety agency or agencies that provide
the requested service in the jurisdiction at the place where the call originates. A 9-1-1 system
may also provide for transmittal of requests for other emergency services including poison
control, suicide prevention, and civil defense.
(b) A 9-1-1 PSAP may transmit emergency response requests to private safety entities.
(c) With the consent of a participating jurisdiction, privately owned automatic intrusion
alarms and other privately owned automatic alerting devices may be installed so that the number
9-1-1 will be dialed in order to gain access to emergency services.
SECTION 11. CONFIRMATION AND FEE ELECTION. (a) When the initial six board
members have been appointed, the board shall institute proceedings for the creation of a district
under this Act as provided by this section.
(b) The board may charge a 9-1-1 emergency service fee at a rate not to exceed three percent
of the base rate of the principal service supplier per service year per month in the participating
jurisdictions. The 9-1-1 emergency service fee must have uniform application and must be
imposed within all participating jurisdictions.
(c) A governing body of a public agency voting at a later date to participate in the district
must have the 9-1-1 emergency service fee charged beginning on the date the district board
approves formally making the public agency a participating jurisdiction of the district. At the
time territory is added to a district, the 9-1-1 emergency service fee that the board has already
been authorized to charge applies to the added territory.
(d) The board shall call an election within the proposed district for confirmation of the
district and to authorize the district to charge and collect a 9-1-1 emergency service fee.
(e) The board shall order the ballot to be printed to provide for voting for or against the
proposition: "Confirming the creation of the (name of the communication district) and
PAN AMERICAN UNIVERSITY LIBRARY
EDINBURG, TEXAS 78539
CH 7, SEC 11
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Texas. Legislature. General and Special Laws of The State of Texas Passed By The Second Called Session of the Sixty-Eighth Legislature and the Regular Session of the Sixty-Ninth Legislature, legislative document, 1985; [Austin, Texas]. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth221803/m1/29/: accessed May 23, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.