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These recordings contain important information to assist in the effective operation of Texas emergency services districts; however, these recordings are not eligible for ESD Commissioner Training Credit.

July 13, 2020 - Sales Tax Forecasting - Richard Fletcher of HdL Companies discusses the impact of the economic downturn on sales taxes and ESD budgets. Click here for a PDF of the presentation.

June 29, 2020 - TIFMAS Update - Chief J.J. Wittig (Travis County ESD No. 3) and Chief Carter Johnson (Montgomery County ESD No. 6) discuss the important role that the Texas Intrastate Fire Mutual Aid System plays in keeping all Texans safe. Click here for a PDF of the presentation.

June 15, 2020 - 2020 Tax Calendar - It's a whole new ballgame for Texas local governments, including emergency services districts (ESDs). SAFE-D Legislative Counsel John Carlton (The Carlton Law Firm, PLLC) describes the steps that all ESDs must follow under new legislation as they adopt their budgets and set their tax rates. Click here for a PDF of the presentation.

May 11, 2020 - COVID-19 Grants - FEMA's Andrea Selmon tells ESDs what they need to know about funding through the CARES Act for the Assistance to Firefighter Grants. Click here. For a PDF of her presentation, click here. For a PDF of information about AFG, click here.

March 23, 2020 - COVID-19 and ESDs: SAFE-D Legislative Counsel John Carlton discusses Gov. Greg Abbott's emergency declaration affecting Open Meetings Act and Public Information Act requirements on ESDs. Click here for a PDF of the presentation.

Dec. 14, 2019 - Laws Affecting ESDs: Noted attorney Ken Campbell discusses laws, including recent changes to property taxation processes, that govern the way ESDs operate. 2.5 hour recording.

Aug. 26, 2019 - Open Meetings Act/Public Information Act changes from the 86th Legislature. Two assistant attorneys general discuss the changes that can affect ESD operation.

July 27, 2019 - ABCs of ESDs provides a three-hour webcast with basic information every ESD commissioner should know. SAFE-D's Clay Avery presents.

June 4, 2019 - A Legislative Update from SAFE-D's Legislative Counsel John Carlton discusses actions taken by the 86th Legislature, including the overhaul of truth-in-taxation procedures.

March 2018 - Respect in the Workplace: Attorney Judy Osborne discusses issues, such as sexual harrasment, that can affect an organization's effectiveness.

Dec. 11, 2017 - Successful ESD Elections discusses important considerations and best practices when an ESD conducts an election, with particular emphasis on sales tax and tax cap elections.