The five-member board for the new Emergency Services District No. 6 is on a time crunch to adopt new bylaws and, most importantly, a tax rate before a July 15 deadline.

Bill Ordner, president of the Board of Emergency Services Commissioners, said the board is still working toward the adoption of a tax rate for the areas of Bishop, Driscoll and Petronila. All three municipalities make up the voter-approved ESD No. 6.

"We're going to try to get that tax rate as low as we can," he said. "We're working on it, but it's going to take a little time. We've got to get some figures before we move forward."

Ordner met with officials at the Nueces County Appraisal District last week to discuss various information, including property values, said chief appraiser Ollie Grant. He said the board has until July 15 to adopt the tax rate and submit it to the Appraisal District in order to begin collecting tax revenue in January 2011.

A temporary ambulance service, which has a cost of $174,000, is in place through the end of the year and is being funded through interlocal agreements and private donations. The tax revenue to be collected will fund a permanent ambulance service.

Despite the deadline, Ordner said the board must ensure everything is being done by the book.

"This is something that can't be done overnight," Ordner said.

The board will meet on Monday at 5:30 p.m. at the Bishop City Hall.