Carbondale fire district de-Bruceing passes |

Carbondale fire district de-Bruceing passes

Partial unofficial election returns Tuesday night had the fire district’s “de-Bruceing” question 4B passing by a comfortable 81 percent to 19 percent margin.

“De-Bruceing is vital to the future fiscal health of the fire district,” Carbondale Fire Chief Ron Leach said. “Not being able to retain and spend unanticipated revenues would cripple the district.”

Fire district voters approved a 1994 measure allowing the district to retain and spend annual revenues it collects beyond limits imposed in the state’s TABOR Amendment, but a 10-year sunset was included in the original question.

The question before voters Tuesday was to allow the district to continue to exceed revenue limits in perpetuity, without raising taxes.

Fire districts typically collect unanticipated revenues aside from local taxes that are not included in their annual budgets, from such things as ambulance fees and federal reimbursement for fighting wildfires.

“The fire district relies on unanticipated revenues to function,” Leach said.

In addition to the de-Bruceing question, voters were also asked whether to end term limits for Carbondale Fire District board members. Early returns had that question passing as well by a 59 percent to 41 percent margin.

“It’s difficult to attract and retain board members who are knowledgeable and engaged in the process, and they should be allowed to run for more than two terms,” Leach said.

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