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Vote Yes on the Red, White and Blue Mill Levy question

Matt BenedictBlue River

As a taxpayer and resident of Blue River, I am proud of the level of protection my family receives. As a former volunteer of Red, White and Blue, I am proud to see how far the fire department has come in the last seven years. Our fire district has grown from one staffed station to three. Finally, as a full-time firefighter for Red, White and Blue, I am proud of the job we are able to do for this community and its guests. This year, the chief and the Fire District are going to the taxpayers to ask for a mill levy increase in order to make significant capital improvements, replace an engine, provide for future growth and provide funding to a handful of other projects.I have been with the fire department for almost seven years and have seen Red, White and Blue make the change from a volunteer fire department to a fully career department as our community and demand have dictated. Our district and its demand on emergency providers have also changed over the last seven years. The resorts have grown in quantity and complexity, and the number of people that both visit and live here have increased. As a result, we have seen a record number of calls this past winter with no relief in sight. Future development of the ski area and other subdivisions like The Highlands are also going to push up demand on emergency services. On top of our call volume and future expansion, we are faced with an aging Main Station and the need for an all risk/wildland interface engine in Blue River to replace the 15-year-old engine we use now. We are also facing the largest wildland risk the district and region has seen in a lifetime or more. All in all our community and fire department have grown in the past decade and the mill levy increase is needed to keep up with this growth and demand.I urge you as a taxpayer and firefighter to vote yes on May 2. We are confident that our mill increase will still keep Red, White and Blue at the smallest mill in the county, as the Board of Directors do not foresee us going to the maximum for a few years. Even when they do go to the maximum it will only affect your taxes by $14.33 for every $100,000 of assessed value.


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