Rocky Mountain Fire Protection District Ballot Issue 5A
Incremental mill levy increase to maintain or replace old trucks
If passed, this ballot issue would increase Rocky Mountain Fire Protection District residents’ taxes to pay for the fire department’s increasing costs of operations, as well as the maintenance of old and acquisition of new fire trucks. Fire trucks are typically used for about 15 years before they are retired to become secondary or back up vehicles. The increase in taxes will provide for new fire trucks once the old ones reach 15 years. Of the 15 fire trucks currently in use, seven of them are 15 years or older.
The Rocky Mountain Fire Protection District provides community services to roughly 32,000 residents in 65 square miles of Boulder and Jefferson counties, including Flagstaff, Eldorado and Superior, in addition to servicing a major power generation plant, the National Renewable Energy Lab, water treatment plants for two neighboring cities and the Rocky Flats Environmental Site.
The Rocky Mountain Fire District is proposing an incremental mill levy increase of 8 mills. The first year’s 4-mill increase comes out to $150 for a $500,000 home, followed by one mill, or about $37, each year for the following four years. The first fiscal year would see the district funded by an additional $1.4 million. The Rocky Mountain Fire District is currently operating on about $3.8 million, which is about the same amount as the 2009 budget for the district. We vote yes.