Thursday, December 13, 2012

Big Bucks and A Few Whammies

We received a copy of the approved 2013 budget from the fire department. It's full of big bucks and quite a few Whammies.  The total operating budget for the fire department in 2012 was $2,125,106.00. The 2013 budget is $3,206,679.00. This coming a few months after the treasure reported being under budget in 2012. Why do you need so much money for 2013 when you aren't going to spend what you have for 2012?

In full disclosure, nearly $150,000 of firefighting equipment (gear, accountablity, hose, and TIC) account for some of this added money that in 2012 was included in the capital budget, however, this increase is still far beyond anything that has been added.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Smells Fishy. A look into SVFA Budget and Family.

SVFD Insider has acquired some great information that smells a little fishy. Below you will find a complete copy of the minutes from the September 2012 SVFA meeting. Apparently, Chief Anderson does show up to these meetings, and so does his dad.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Ocean Front Property in Arizona?

Not quite, but it might as well be in Arizona. ESD #7 owns a nice piece of property behind the Woodforest National Bank at the corner of Louetta Rd and Ella Blvd, just a few thousand feet from Ponderosa FD Station #62. Did you know this? It was purchased a number of years ago and cost over $250,000.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Where in the world is Fire Chief Eric Anderson?

It's like a game of Where's Waldo, except you only actually find him half the time. This describes your part time PAID Fire Chief Eric Anderson of the Spring Volunteer Fire Department. We say paid, because the guy actually gets paid to be the Fire Chief.

He can be seen in sunglasses behind the wheel of a brand new Dodge Charger that you paid for.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Stack The Cash! Sales Tax Hits 3.8 Million

Harris County ESD #7 has already collected 3.8 million dollars in sales tax in 2012. The sales tax is in addition to the property taxes already being collected. Where is all this money going?

SVFD Insider doesn't know and would like to find out. We are working on obtaining a copy of the budget for 2013. We do know where some of the money is going...

Monday, November 12, 2012

Where is

We all know it's 2012 and most people like to get information online. It's easy, quick, and can be updated regularly without much work, unless your Spring VFD.

Go check out, and if you have been to the website in the last 12 months, not much has changed. Don't expect it too, it has been the same outdated mess for years.

Welcome to SVFD Insider

We are glad you are taking the time to check out SVFD Insider. We want to bring you facts and commentary to the workings of Harris County ESD7 and the Spring Volunteer Fire Department. It is important as a taxpayer to stay informed.

We also know finding information about Spring VFD or ESD7 is next to impossible. It is very difficult to find any information online from either the ESD7 or the SVFD.

We hope this site can provide some FACTS on what is happening in and around both of these agencies. We support these agencies with sales tax money and property taxes, therefore, we have the right to know..

Chris David
SVFD Insider
Resident of ESD7