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Vote yes for Red, White and Blue

Mark Wimberly

On May 7, 2002, the voters of the Red, White and Blue Fire Protection District will be asked to vote for a mill levy increase from 5.2 to a maximum of 7.2 mills. I have been a member of this fire department for the past 22 years, and all the members of the elected board for that time frame have always demonstrated fiscal responsibility to the taxpayers of this district. The elected district board lowered the mill to its current rate of 5.2 a few years ago – this, to me, shows an amazing fiscal responsibility to the voters of this district. And now the question before voters would allow the district to gradually increase or decrease the mill levy as the funding is needed.

Times have changed for our community around Breckenridge to the point where our fire department cannot keep up with the costs of protecting life and property with the current funding we receive from our taxpayers. With the growth we have experienced, the demands on volunteer firefighters and current equipment have left the district board few choices in funding future budgets. With a 7.2 mill levy, the Red, White and Blue Fire Protection District would continue to enjoy one of the lowest mills in Summit County.

As a volunteer officer in this fire department for many years, I have had first-hand experience on the operations of the department – Please vote yes on the mill levy question May 7.


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