FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Steve Lipsher, Public Information Officer
Office: (970) 262-5209
6 November 2012
Voters approve Lake Dillon Fire property-tax increase
Voters in the Lake Dillon Fire Protection District by 62.4 percent to 37.3 percent margin approved Measure 5A, which raises property taxes by 0.741 mills, or about $550,000 annually, to sustain operations at the fire department. The measure will increase taxes beginning in January by about $5.90 for every $100,000 of actual property value.
“We would like to thank the voters for their unwavering support of our firefighters, fire-prevention team and the administration at Lake Dillon Fire-Rescue,” said Chief Dave Parmley. “While we know that tax increases are never popular, we are gratified by the backing of the community in helping Lake Dillon Fire offset the budget cuts anticipated with the next round of property assessments. We deeply appreciate the value our residents place on the emergency services, preparation and planning that we provide.”
The department, which derives about 90 percent of its revenue through property taxes, already had cut $1.2 million out of its 2012 budget because of diminished property values and was facing further cuts if the measure did not pass. The unofficial tally was 4,863 votes in favor, 2,930 votes against.
LDFPD Board President Jerry “Doc” Peterson added that the ballot question passed with minimal campaigning, indicating that the community understands the benefits of a well-prepared, well-equipped fire department capable of responding to any type of emergency.
“We couldn’t be more delighted with the vote. The support of our community is truly heartwarming,” Peterson said. “And to those voters who opposed the measure, we heard your voices, too, and of course we will continue to operate the department through conservative budgeting and a sharp red pencil toward any extraneous, unnecessary costs. We want everyone to be happy with the services that we provide and take pride and comfort in having a great fire department.”