Snake River fire board sets date for inclusion vote |

Snake River fire board sets date for inclusion vote


SUMMIT COUNTY – The Snake River Fire Department and Lake Dillon Fire-Rescue joined forces a little more than a year ago, and now the voters will have their say in the merger.The Snake River Fire District Board has initiated the process to place a ballot question before the district’s voters on May 2, 2006, requesting approval of inclusion into the Lake Dillon Fire Protection District.Residents in the Snake River fire district will vote to equalize Snake River’s 7.902 mill levy with Lake Dillon’s 8.259 mill levy, which has been effect since 2002 to fund the general operations and pension funds. A meeting will be held on Feb. 23 to discuss the mill levy difference and what the increase in .357 mills equates to in terms of property tax dollars. “In simple terms, this will mean that for every $250,000 of assessed valuation a residential property owner will realize an increase of $7 a year for fire protection service in the Snake River Fire Protection District based on the Lake Dillon Fire Protection District mill levy of 8.259 mills,” said Lake Dillon Fire Authority Chief Dave Parmley.Voters within the existing Lake Dillon Fire Protection District will not be voting on the inclusion question.The board opted to use the inclusion process as opposed to a full-blown consolidation that would form an entirely new fire district under a new service plan.The inclusion saves time and money, Parmley said.Last January, the two fire districts combined operations as a functional fire authority and have worked effectively under the name of the Lake Dillon Fire Authority for the past year. An Intergovernmental Agreement has been in place since March 1, 2005 to streamline efforts and to address many of the details related to the merging of the two districts.For the voters …Public meeting on inclusion of Snake River Fire Department into the Lake Dillon Fire Protection DistrictWhen: 6 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 23 at the Keystone Fire Station, 22393 U.S. Highway 6.

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