Burning Mountain Fire Protection District tax hike bid goes down in flames
Voters on Tuesday defeated a proposed tax hike for the Burning Mountains Fire Protection District.Meanwhile, Gene Schilling, Michael Kennedy and Malcolm Smith won in a five-way contest for four-year terms on the board of the Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District. Incumbent Kevin Keegan was elected with 142 votes in an uncontested race for a two-year seat on that board.Michael Watts, Kristine Erpestad and Brit McLin were elected to the Burning Mountains board in an uncontested race, winning 105, 99 and 94 votes, respectively.The tax hike question was defeated in an 85-65 vote. It would have increased the district mill levy from 4.625 to 6 mills, or an additional $12 per year in taxes on a $100,000 house, or $40 more for a $100,000 piece of commercial property. It would have added $115,715 in revenue in its first year of collections.It would have funded the district’s first-ever paid responders, who would have concentrated on daytime duties. It also would have funded protective gear and increased training.In Carbondale, incumbents Schilling and Kennedy earned 125 and 111 votes, respectively. Challenger Smith received 95 votes. Also running in the race were challengers Tamar Mattorano and Carol Farris, who received 61 and 37 votes, respectively.Keegan, Kennedy and Mattorano are current fire district volunteers. Schilling recently retired from volunteer duties.Altogether, 150 votes were cast in the Carbondale election. Its results remain unofficial.
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