Lake Dillon Fire-Rescue passes $8.3 million budget for 2015 |

Lake Dillon Fire-Rescue passes $8.3 million budget for 2015

The Lake Dillon Fire Protection District Board of Directors unanimously passed a budget of $8.3 million for 2015. The budget reflects $7.3 million in operating expenses such as salaries, fire station and apparatus upkeep, training, fire prevention and administration. It also reflects capital expenses of $1 million, which include acquisition of a new fire engine and updated breathing apparatus units.

The department projects that it will end 2014 at 3.3 percent under budget for both operating and capital expenses.

According to a new release, Lake Dillon 2015 budget highlights include:

• A slight decrease in workers’ compensation insurance.

• $585,000 set aside for a new engine to replace the current 15-year-old engine. The department is paying in cash.

• Retirement of the lease-purchase agreement on Station 8 in Dillon with a final payment of $54,522. The busiest fire house in the district, Station 8 is co-owned by the Summit County Ambulance Service and provides the primary response for emergency calls on Interstate 70 up to the Eisenhower Tunnel and in the surrounding communities of Dillon, Dillon Valley, Silverthorne, Wildernest and the Lower Blue River valley.

• Reduces the pension fund mill levy — a portion of the overall property taxes that make up 85 percent of department revenues — to 0.125 mills.

• Absorbed a loss of $6,116 in new-construction revenue through the town of Dillon’s tax-increment financing, the first funding that has been diverted from the fire-protection district under the town’s 25-year urban-renewal authority. That figure will continue to accrue as additional new construction occurs in Dillon.

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