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Snake River Fire asking for tax increase

KEYSTONE – The Snake River Fire Protection District intends to ask voters May 4 for a 1 mill property tax increase that would generate an extra $190,900 a year in revenue starting in 2005.

District board members want the funds to bolster operating expenses and to strengthen the capital reserve fund.

Special district elections are held each even numbered year on the first Tuesday in May to elect board of directors and to consider a board-referred ballot issues.

Specifically, the new money would bolster existing staffing levels, fire prevention services, equipment replacement needs, 911 communications services, the High Country Training Center lease-purchase and to minimize interest expense costs by maintaining a strong capital reserve fund.

The increase would take the general fund mill levy from the current 6.902 mills to 7.902 mills.

The overall net increase to the combined mill levy for Snake River Fire would be .5 mills due to the abatement mill levy of .483 mills that can be collected in 2004 only and with the bond fund mill levy reduced by .017 mills for 2005.

The .483 abatement mill levy could only be collected in 2004 due to the abatement of $92,206 in property tax that equaled a 6 percent reduction in the assessed valuation in 2003.

If approved by the voters, the bottom line impact to residential property owners within the Snake River district would result in an increase of $10 for every $250,000 of value, according to the fire district.

Before sending out the official election notice 30 days prior to the election, board members are asking for public comment from district residents and property owners.

Three board seats also are on the May 4 ballot.

The only incumbent candidate running unopposed for a second four-year term is Ken Rice, a resident of Keystone.

Jim Cox and Linda St. John are running for the other two seats for four-year terms that were vacated by Robert Johnson, who decided not to run again after a combined 21 years of service as a director, and Bob McCleary, who was term-limited and has served on the board since 1990.

Cox is a resident of Summit Cove and St. John resides in Keystone.

The polling place will be at the Summit Cove Fire Station, 0434 Summit Drive. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

To vote, citizens must be a registered voter in the state as a property owner or resident of Keystone, Montezuma, Summerwood or Summit Cove for at least 30 days before the election.

The last day to register is April 5. Register at any of the town halls, the Summit County Clerk and Recorder’s Office in Summit County Courthouse or the Motor Vehicle Registration Office in the County Commons near Frisco.

Absentee ballots are also available during normal business hours at the Snake River Fire Administrative Offices at Station 11, 22393 U.S. 6 in Keystone.

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