Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


What areas are included in Fort Bend County ESD No. 4?

The ESD covers the cities of Fulshear, Simonton and Weston Lakes as well as a large area of unincorporated Fort Bend County that includes the following developments: Lakes of Bella Terra, Talavara, Westheimer Lakes North and South, Cinco Ranch, Tamarron, Jordan Ranch, Pecan Hill and Vanbrook.

See Coverage Map Here

From where does Fort Bend County ESD No. 4 obtain its funding?

The ESD’s sole source of funding is ad valorem (property) taxes. The ESD does not collect a sales tax.

What is the ESD’s tax rate? How does this affect my taxes?

The ESD’s 2018 tax rate was $0.10/$100 valuation. Its 2019 proposed tax rate is also $0.10/$100 valuation If your residence’s taxable value is set at $250,000 by the Fort Bend County Appraisal District, then your tax payment to the ESD is $250 per year.

How is the tax rate set for Fort Bend County ESD No. 4?

The tax rate setting process may be found most succinctly and clearly by following this link to the Texas Comptroller’s website. Please note that the ESD is considered an “other taxing unit”

What are the ESD’s plans for future station locations?

The ESD has been planning for the growth of West Fort Bend County. The status of each station is outlined below:

  • Station to be located at FM 1093 and Ashe Road: In the construction phase (Station intended to include an Emergency Operations Center and Fire Fighter Training Facility)
  • Station to be located in the Cross Creek Ranch / Tamarron area: In the design phase
  • Station to be located on the North side of the District (close to Jordan Ranch): In the site location phase
  • Station to be located on the East side of the District: In the site location phase

What is Senate Bill 2 and how will it affect Fort Bend County ESD No. 4?

Senate Bill 2 passed during the 86th Texas Legislature and becomes effective on January 1, 2020. Senate Bill 2 intends to overhaul the tax rate setting process by redefining certain terms, establishing new tax rate calculations, requiring rollback elections in certain circumstances, reestablishing the rollback rate threshold, modifying the public notice requirements and terms and timing, beginning with the 2020 tax rate setting process.

FAQ’s, Misc:

Am I allowed to set off fireworks in the city limits of Fulshear, Weston Lakes, or Simonton?
Fireworks are not allowed within the city limits of Fulshear, Weston Lakes, or Simonton.

Who do I contact to sign up for CPR classes?
To locate a CPR class in your area, please contact the American Red Cross.

Where do I check to see if I am allowed to do controlled burns in Fort Bend County? Please view the Fort Bend County Fire Marshal’s website for rules and information on controlled burns.
Fort Bend County Fire Marshal’s Office

Who do I call if a fire hydrant is damaged, leaking, or hidden by weeds?
Please contact the Municipal Utilities District (MUD) where the fire hydrant is located and report the problem.

Should I call the Fulshear Simonton Fire Department if I have a wild or stray animal on my property?
No, please call Fort Bend County Animal Services at 281-342-1512.  If livestock are on the roadway, please contact the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office at 281-341-4665 with the location of the animal.

Does the Fulshear Simonton Fire Department perform car seat check?
No, please click on the website below to find the Child Safety Seat Inspection location in your area.

How do I dispose of Sharps or Syringes that I have at my home (not a medical facility)?
TQEC provides Do’s and Don’t for properly disposing needles.  Please see the link below for more information.