Elk Creek Fire Mill Levy-Learn More. Info/Upcoming Meetings

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Hello Everyone!

We have a couple of big meetings coming up that we'd like to invite you to attend and learn more about the Elk Creek Fire Protection District Mill Levy on the upcoming ballot.

Chief McLaughlin will be presenting tomorrow night at the Conifer Chamber's Public Affairs Committee Meeting. It's being held at Beaver Ranch at 6:30pm. You are welcome to come with questions!

On Wednesday night there is a Conifer Town Hall Meeting at West Jefferson Middle School. Chief McLaughlin is one of the presenters there as well, plus the Friends of Elk Creek Fire will have a table where you can come and get a flyer and ask questions after the meeting.

We hope to see you at either of these meetings. If you can't make it, we are organizing a community-wide meeting on October 2nd, held at Conifer High School. We'll share more details about that meeting as it gets closer.

Here is the video of Tom Carby, insurance agent with Farmers Insurance, and Michael Davis, ECFPD volunteer firefighter, presenting before the 285 Corridor Tea Party Meeting August 26th.
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Vote YES on the Elk Creek Fire Protection District mill levy on the November 2019 ballot!
16 Sep 2013 21:22 #1

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Some recent news articles:

From YourHub/Denver Post
http://www.denverpost.com/southjeffco/c ... -purchases
Mill levy hike meant to cover tanker, engine purchases for Elk Creek Fire Department
By Karen Groves
YourHub Reporter
09/12/2013

The Friends of Elk Creek is ramping up its campaign to help educate residents about a question on the November ballot that will pump funds into the Elk Creek Fire Department.

The question, which will be on the Jefferson County coordinated ballot, will ask voters to increase taxes by $482,138 in 2014 and by whatever tax revenues are generated by an ad valorem property tax rate of 2.5 mills to purchase two fire tankers and one fire engine. The 2.5-mill rate will expire in 10 years. It will raise the total mill rate to 7.415, which is less than the 9.35-mill rate in Evergreen.

"Compared to our neighboring fire departments, we are one of the lowest-funded departments," she said.

Michael Davis, an Elk Creek firefighter and homeowner, said he has been told by insurance professionals that if Elk Creek Fire Protection District cannot replace its old water tankers and the district loses its tanker credit, property owners' insurance rates will increase by between 20 percent and 50 percent depending on the location of the property.

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From The Flume:
http://www.theflume.com/news/article_a7 ... f6878.html
Friends of Elk Creek formed to back ballot issue
Community leaders briefed at Beaver Ranch meeting
Douglas Stephens, Correspondent | Sept 06, 2013

The Friends of Elk Creek Fire hosted an open house on Aug. 27 to acquaint members of the community with the proposed property tax increase on the November 2013 ballot.

Friends of Elk Creek, a committee registered with the Colorado Secretary of State, is tackling some of the educational aspects of the ballot proposal, which would increase the fire district’s property tax mill rate to 7.415 from 4.915.

A home with an actual value of $300,000 would have an assessed value of $23,880 (7.96 percent of the actual value) and by multiplying $23,880 times the 4.915 mill rate (.004915), that translates to an annual property tax on that $300,000 home of $117.37 tied to the fire district.

A mill rate of 7.415 would increase the annual tax on such a home to $177.07, an increase of $59.70 a year. The $177.07 works out to $14.76 a month.
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Neil Whitehead III with the Friends of Elk Creek, a registered issue committee, outlines the breadth of the coverage area in the Elk Creek Fire Protection District at a Tuesday, Aug. 27, meeting of community leaders at Beaver Ranch. (Photo by Douglas Stephens/The Flume)



From the High Timber Times:
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Elk Creek Fire will seek 2.5-mill tax increase
Measure on November ballot would cost owner of $200,000 home an additional $40 annually
By Daniel Laverty
Sunday, August 11, 2013

The Elk Creek Fire Protection District will ask voters for a 2.5-mill increase in the district’s property-tax rate in the Nov. 7 election.

If approved, the tax increase, which would expire after 10 years, would help fund the district’s plan to lease/purchase new vehicles and restore a budget that has seen nearly $500,000 in cuts since 2011.

“We cannot maintain our level of service with our current mill levy rate,” said Alec Schwartz, Elk Creek board member.

Elk Creek has asked voters numerous times for a tax increase in previous years, most recently in 2010, without success. The district posted an online survey in June, and 86 percent of the respondents favored a tax increase. Less than 150 people participated.

“This is the first time I’ve not heard a negative reaction (from the community) when it comes the subject of a mill increase,” said Stan Foxx, board member. “I think everyone understands our situation here.”
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18 Sep 2013 11:49 #2

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Our brochure:

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Please do attend any meetings regarding the above question and ask them the hard questions. See the courthouse for a discussion of this question and what you are really being asked to give by the way the tabor question is worded. Thanks.
21 Sep 2013 08:58 #4

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Everyone cares about Return on Investment, right? Here's a comparison of what you pay per call compared to surrounding districts and you'll see that you get the best value for your money with Elk Creek Fire. You can see the revenue of each department, the number of calls that they go on, how many paid staff and volunteers they have, and more.

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The Chief made an excellent presentation at the Conifer Town Hall Meeting last week, here's just that segment of the evening:
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And Jennifer Eleniewski speaking about the impact on insurance rates:
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25 Sep 2013 14:08 #5

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There's also a new article out in yesterday's High Timber Times about this issue:

Elk Creek tax increase is debated at two events
By Daniel Laverty
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
The Elk Creek Fire District’s proposed tax increase continues to be a hot topic for Conifer area residents.

“I think the most important thing is getting information out so people can make an educated decision,” said Jennifer Eleniewski, chair of the Friends of Elk Creek.

Discussions occurred at two events last week: The Conifer Area Council’s public affairs committee hosted a forum Sept. 17 at which Fire Chief Bill McLaughlin and former board member Mike Bartlett spoke. McLaughlin also appeared at a town hall meeting the following night.

This November, the fire department is asking for a 2.5-mill increase in the property-tax levy that would sunset after 10 years.

Next up, the Friends of Elk Creek are hosting an informative meeting at 7 p.m. Oct. 2 at Conifer High School.

Contact Daniel Laverty at . or at 303-350-1043. Follow him on Twitter at @LavertyReports.
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Replied by Reverend Revelant on topic Elk Creek Fire Mill Levy-Learn More. Info/Upcoming Meetings

A question.

1) In your brochure you indicate a possible increase in property insurance up to 20%. Where did this figure come from?

Full disclosure: I ask this question in the capacity of a correspondent of the Park County Republican/Fairplay Flume newspaper and the answer may be used in an upcoming article.
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27 Sep 2013 13:48 #7

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Walter L Newton wrote: A question.

1) In your brochure you indicate a possible increase in property insurance up to 20%. Where did this figure come from?

Full disclosure: I ask this question in the capacity of a correspondent of the Park County Republican/Fairplay Flume newspaper and the answer may be used in an upcoming article.


My question has been answered by a different source.
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28 Sep 2013 10:29 #8

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Replied by deltamrey on topic Elk Creek Fire Mill Levy-Learn More. Info/Upcoming Meetings

WN.....that source (credible, certifiable please) would be ??.....TRUST but verify. The mountain communities are in a deep DEPRESSION.....the floods added insult to massive injury. Lets us not make this area A MINI-detroit (SOON TO BE CHICAGO, CLEVELAND, AKRON, ST. LOUIS......LIST IS LONG). The transplanted RUST BELT voters cxan learn......or not.
28 Sep 2013 17:59 #9

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deltamrey wrote: WN.....that source (credible, certifiable please) would be ??.....TRUST but verify. The mountain communities are in a deep DEPRESSION.....the floods added insult to massive injury. Lets us not make this area A MINI-detroit (SOON TO BE CHICAGO, CLEVELAND, AKRON, ST. LOUIS......LIST IS LONG). The transplanted RUST BELT voters cxan learn......or not.


The answer to my question will be in my Flume article to appear in the Oct. 11th paper.

It will be a comprehensive look at the Tabor question with input from all sides, and possibly if I have the time, there will be additional input from a volunteer fire fighter.
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28 Sep 2013 18:33 #10

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