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Grand Valley Fire District voters to decide mill levy increase

Voters throughout Colorado are being asked a series of questions regarding schools, health and safety, transportation and more on this year's coordinated election ballot. But one question being posed by separate ballot to just Grand Valley Fire District voters seeks to increase the fire department's diminishing funds.

GVFD will ask voters, in a separate ballot mailed out within the district, to increase district taxes $2,010,214 annually by increasing the district's property tax by 2.966 mills.

According to fire district officials, the mill levy would enable the district to continue providing critical fire, ambulance, rescue and other emergency and non-emergency support services.

At a community meeting last week held at the Parachute Library to discuss the mill levy proposals, GVFD board member Brad Ray explained why, as a voter, he will be supporting the tax increase.

"I have a daughter who's just learning to drive, and I want to know the people answering the phone are the best," he explained.

He said he suffered a heart attack in a public park recently, and without the quality service he received from GVFD emergency medical personnel, "I'm not sure I would be talking to you today."

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GVFD Board President Kevin Whalen added that he rolled an ATV over onto himself last year. It was the first night he ever spent in the hospital.

He said he was sitting in the back of the ambulance thinking whether it was the ambulance that keeps breaking down.

"Not a situation I want anybody to be in," he added.

He said that among the concerns the mill levy will help alleviate is the district's capital improvement funds.

The property tax increase is intended to bring back essential prevention programs, train current firefighters, replace aging equipment used in fire and EMS response, and return to regular vehicle and apparatus replacement schedules.

The additional 2.966 will bring the district's total mill levy to 6.233. It is the first time in 19 years that the district is seeking a mill levy increase.

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mill levy increase impact on property owners

$100,000 residence – $21.63 per year, $1.78 per month

$250,000 residence – $53.39 per year, $4.45 per month

$100,000 commercial and other properties – $86.01 per year, $7.17 per month

$250,000 commercial and other properties – $215.04 per year, $17.92 per month