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Vote no on consolidation

Greg Denckla, Dillon Valley

I read with interest the letter from Ken Rice, Snake River Fire Board “One can be better than two.” There hasn’t been much information one way or another regarding this issue other than an occasional article in the Daily. I’m not sure how this consolidation was initiated. Did voters in one district or the other suddenly decide that service was lacking and this was the way to fix it? All of that aside, I can think of some negatives. Larger governmental entities cost more to run. Mr. Rice is correct in his statement “the initial net effect on property taxes will be nil.” My 2005 tax notice shows the Lake Dillon Fire District has the third highest tax rate. As this combined fire district moves to a fully paid department, a goal of the fire district, recruitment and retention of voluntees has been increasingly difficult. The money needed to fund salaries, benefits and pensions for the rank and file, as well as the command staff will be the driving factor. The Red, White and Blue Fire District is currently seeking a tax increase, and it is a fully paid department. It won’t be long before a tax increase will be put to the voters of the combined district. I urge the voters of the Snake River Fire District to vote no to save us both money.


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