Bastrop/Travis Counties Emergency Services District #1 began in May 2007 after being approved by the voters of the proposed District. The District covers a large portion of northern Bastrop County and the extra-territorial jurisdiction of the City of Elgin in Travis County.  It is one of only a few districts in the state that cover two or more counties.  In a multiple-county district, the five (5) members of the board of commissioners must be elected by the voters of district. 


The District is responsible for funding and oversight of the Elgin and McDade Fire Departments along with the paid medical first responder unit housed in Elgin. The first responder unit runs on a 24/7 basis with one paid employee supported by volunteer first responders. The Elgin and McDade Fire Departments are staffed by volunteers.


Since the District was formed, it has been able to add over $2.3 million dollars of assets to the District’s area in the form of equipment and buildings.  Because of these additions, the District’s fire insurance rating has been upgraded to enable the citizens of the District to obtain lower fire insurance rates.

Bastrop/Tavis Counties ESD No. 1 adopted a tax rate that will raise more taxes for maintenance and operations than last year's tax rate.  The rate will effectively be raised by 7.58 percent and will raise taxes for maintenance and operations on a $100,000 home by approximately $7.05.  

House Bill 305

Notice About 2020 Tax Rate

2020 Tax Rate Calculation Worksheet

2020-2021 Notice of Public Hearing on Tax Increase

BTCESD No. 1 Long Range Planning Survey 

Board of Commissioners Election Notice

Bastrop-Travis Counties Emergency Services District No. 1 is governed by a Board of Commissioners, comprised of five commissioners, each serving a staggered four-year term, such that two commissioners will be elected in May 2022 and three commissioners will be elected two years later.  The District’s elections are held the first Saturday of May in even numbered years.  Qualified individuals that want their name to appear on the ballot as a candidate in the District’s commissioner election must file an application for a place on the ballot not less than 78 days before the date of the election, and the earliest an application may be filed is 30 days prior to the deadline.  Bastrop-Travis Counties Emergency Services District No. 1’s Notice of Deadline to File Applications for Place on the Ballot will be posted on the District’s website and at the District Office at least 30 days before the application filing window opens.  A “qualified individual” is a U.S. citizen at least 18 years of age, and is either a qualified voter within the District or an owner of land subject to taxation within the District.

County Burn Ban Status
Station Information
Elgin  (512) 281-4025
McDade  (512) 273-5019
First Responders  (512) 229-3020
Upcoming Events

Tuesday, July 27, 2021 6:30pm at the Elgin Fire Station.    


Due to COVID-19 meeting will be via internet at www.zoom.us/join and enter the meeting ID 85370826946

Headquarters: (512) 229-3020
Office Hours:
Tues. & Thurs. 9:00am-12:00pm