Falcon Fire District Levy Increase (November 2011)

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A Falcon Fire District Levy Increase measure was on the November 1, 2011 ballot in the Falcon fire district area which is in El Paso County.

This measure was approved

  • YES 3,183 (50.1%)Approveda
  • NO 3,105 (48.9%)[1]

This measure sought to increase the current district levy to one set at a rate of 8.612 mills for a continuing period of time in order to further pay for fire protection, emergency services and maintenance costs in the district.[2] District officials noted that the decrease in property tax values had led to the need for a higher tax rate. The cost will amount to a new tax of $8.57 per month on average for owners of homes costing $150,000. Officials noted that they do not plan to add any more services, the money will just be used to maintain current services offered. Proponents of the tax increase noted that the fire district has the lowest levy rate among similar districts, it is the third busiest in the county.[3]

Text of measure

The question on the ballot:

SHALL FALCON FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT TAXES BE INCREASED $818,797 (FIRST FULL FISCAL YEAR DOLLAR INCREASE) ANNUALLY, AND BY WHATEVER ADDITIONAL AMOUNTS ARE RAISED ANNUALLY THEREAFTER, BY INCREASING ITS EXISTING PROPERTY TAX BY 2.900 MILLS, COMMENCING WITH LEVY YEAR 2011 FOR COLLECTION IN CALENDAR YEAR 2012, FOR A TOTAL MILL LEVY NOT TO EXCEED 8.612 MILLS, EXCLUSIVE OF REFUNDS AND ABATEMENTS, TO BE USED BY THE DISTRICT FOR EMERGENCY SERVICES, MAINTENANCE AND OTHER BUDGET EXPENSES, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO: OFFSETTING DECREASES IN TAX REVENUE RESULTING FROM LOWER ASSESSED VALUES OF PROPERTY WITHIN THE DISTRICT, MAINTAINING CURRENT STAFFING, OFFSETTING THE COST OF SIX (6) FULL TIME FIREFIGHTERS PREVIOUSLY PAID FOR USING A FEDERAL ASSISTANCE TO FIREFIGHTERS GRANT (KNOWN AS A S.A.F.E.R. GRANT) WHICH PROVIDED FUNDS BETWEEN 2007 AND 2011 AND WHICH WILL END ON FEBRUARY 4, 2012, AND OFFSETTING A LOSS IN ANNUAL TAX REVENUE TO THE CITY OF COLORADO SPRINGS DUE TO EXCLUSION OF THE BANNING LEWIS RANCH SUBDIVISION FROM THE DISTRICT, EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2012?[4]

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