Single provisional ballot passes RWB tax increase |

Single provisional ballot passes RWB tax increase

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BRECKENRIDGE ” The Red, White and Blue Fire Protection District’s request for more property taxes passed Wednesday after election judges considered a single provisional ballot.

Election judges recounted the ballots from Tuesday’s special districts election Wednesday afternoon, taking into consideration one verified provisional ballot.

The results came out 128 for the property tax increase and 127 against, said Red, White and Blue Fire public information officer Capt. Kim Scott.

A provisional ballot is one where the voter was not on the registered voter list, or could not present a valid identification at the polls, or was not on the property owner list.

A designated elections official verified the ballot before Wednesday’s recount, Scott said.

The department asked voters to approve a mill levy increase from 7.2 mills to 9 mills, or roughly $15 per $100,000 market value of a home.

The additional taxes will add up to $900,000 per year to the department’s $4.7 million budget, but the department will not use the money all at once.

Instead, it intends to use the additional money in increments as the board of directors sees fit. The very earliest taxpayers could see any increase in their property taxes is next January, said fire chief Gary Green.

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