The question on whether to raise the mill levy for the Burning Mountains Fire District was too close to call at press time. | PostIndependent.com
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The question on whether to raise the mill levy for the Burning Mountains Fire District was too close to call at press time.

The fire district was asking for an increase of 1.477 mills. The increase would be added to the already-existing 4.625 mills, totaling 6.102 mills.

The new tax means that a commercial property worth $500,000 would be taxed an additional $214.17 a year and the owner of a $200,000 home would pay $28.77 more in taxes each year.

The mill-levy increase would be used to fund three daytime paid firefighters, upgrade water supply equipment and purchase new district vehicles.



Burning Mountains Fire District covers 440 square miles, which runs a half-mile west of Canyon Creek, 3.5 miles east of Rifle, and includes the towns of Silt and New Castle. Burning Mountains, in cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), also oversees portions of the White River National Forest.


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