Information on the Durango Fire Rescue Proposal to Increase Mill Levy
This November, Durango Fire Rescue will be placing a mill rate increase on the November Ballot. The proposed amount is a 2.5 mill rate increase to maintain and support operational costs and existing demands for Fire and Emergency Services in our community. The purpose of this blog is to shed light on the proposal. As always, it’s an individual homeowner’s responsibility to evaluate the benefits and vote accordingly.
To start, do you know what a Mill Levy is, and how it impacts your property taxes? In a short definition, “The mill levy is simply the tax rate levied on your property value, with one mill representing one tenth of one cent” (Investopedia, http://www.investopedia.com/articles/tax/09/calculate-property-tax.asp?lgl=myfinance-layout-no-ads). So anytime a proposal is made to increase a mill levy, it will raise taxes. However, community structure and improvement oftentimes exists out of these decisions. In this case, the Durango Fire and EMS says support of this levy is necessary to provide enough revenue to support Fire and Emergency operations at their current and future service levels. Ultimately, this is a personal decision, but we want to make you aware as it will impact property taxes.
As a team, The Durango Team supports and endorses the proposed mill rate increase. We believe this increase will greatly impact our area and quality of life. Every day, we talk with people who choose to live in the Durango area for the quality of life, and part of that is the ability to respond and handle emergency needs. So, in order to continue with the quality of life and safety of those both visiting and living here, we believe this proposal will be a huge benefit to the Durango area. This is also personal for us, as Cassie Baier’s (from The Durango Team) husband is a firefighter in Durango. We see first-hand the needs of the Durango Fire Department and how this mill levy will support them.
Current Durango Fire Protection District details:
- Serving 325 square miles of La Plata County, San Juan County and the City of Durango
- 16 Fire Stations, placed throughout the response area for coverage
- Career and Volunteer members, throughout the response area for coverage
- 58 miles long, from the North to South District border
Overall, call volume has increased in recent years, while revenue has decreased. Also in recent years, trends show that in city limits, incident calls are growing much quicker than District calls.
The increased funding will:
- Meet the budgetary needs for current fire and emergency services operations
- Increase staffing model to meet the service demands and safely deliver emergency response due to increasing call volume
- Establish a revenue source to address the capital improvement needs of the response area
Hopefully this information is an overall snapshot of this issue. Take a look at the this flyer for more information as you decide how to vote: http://www.durangofirerescue.org/resources/Admin/Levy-info_flyer_6_3_web.pdf
We’d love to answer any questions you may have regarding La Plata County real estate. If you’re interested in an open house, come see us this Saturday from 10-12 at 17 E. Animas Village Lane.