Fire District Ballot Initiative - November 2018
The District will be on the ballot in November to seek stabilization (not increase) of our revenues in response to the intersection of the TABOR and Gallagher Amendments. Below are a number of resources to help explain this ballot initiative and its need.
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The official ballot language adopted on September 5th:
ESTES VALLEY FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT BALLOT ISSUE 6A: A MEASURE TO AUTHORIZE MILL LEVY RATE ADJUSTMENT
SHALL ESTES VALLEY FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT BE AUTHORIZED TO OFFSET REVENUE LOSSES FROM REFUNDS, ABATEMENTS AND CHANGES TO THE PERCENTAGE OF ACTUAL VALUATION USED TO DETERMINE ASSESSED VALUATION (IN PARTICULAR TO OFFSET REVENUES THAT WOULD OTHERWISE BE LOST DUE TO THE “GALLAGHER AMENDMENT” TO THE COLORADO CONSTITUTION) BY INCREASING ITS OPERATING MILL LEVY BEGINNING IN COLLECTION YEAR 2020 AND ANNUALLY THEREAFTER, SO THAT TO THE EXTENT POSSIBLE THE ACTUAL TAX REVENUE COLLECTED IS THE SAME AS IF SUCH CHANGES HAD NOT OCCURRED?
See the below resolution of support adopted unanimously by the Board of the Estes Valley Fire Protection District at their meeting on Wednesday, September 26th. (click to open a PDF in a new tab)
The below letter was sent to both local newspapers on August 8th to explain the District's position and intentions.
(click to open a PDF in a new tab)
This video explains the impact of Gallagher on all special districts. Thanks to Colorado State Fire Chiefs for the video.