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Economic downturn could further impact Monument Fire Department

By Jaclyn Rostie, Reporter, j.rostie@krdo.com
Published On: Oct 06 2012 11:39:55 PM CDT

5C Proposes Property Tax Increase

MONUMENT, Colo. -

In addition to the political races this November, voters will be tackling a handful of ballot measures. Most of them are dealing with money.

In Monument, the firefighters association spent Saturday handing out information on initiative 5C.

They are asking voters to approve a property tax of 3 Mills.  For a person who owns a $200,000 home, it would be an increase of about four dollars per month.

"We know the economy is in rough spot," said Mike Keough Vice President Monument Firefighters Association.

But Keough hopes his community can give a little.  "I also live here in the area.  So voting yes effects me personally as well," he said.

Because property values have declined, Keough said the fire district is operating on a much tighter budget.  If the mill levy fails, Keough said they will be forced to layoff three firefighters and close fire station #3 on Woodmoor Drive.

The money will also help to restore operational reserves, eliminate all outstanding district lease purchases by 2018, restore vehicle and fire station maintenance funding, training for or hiring two paramedic/firefighter positions that were lost through attrition and filled with non paramedic/firefighters, all the district to accept a federal grant for 6 additional firefighters with no financial impact to the district for two years and maintain current staffing.

Fountain and Security Fire Departments are also asking for mill levy increases this November.

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