Lookingglass Fire District Dissolution Question (May 2012)

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A Lookingglass Fire District Dissolution Question was on the May 15, 2012 ballot in the Lookngglass fire district area which is in Douglas County.

This measure was defeated

  • YES 171 (22.5%)
  • NO 589 (77.5%)Defeatedd[1]

This measure sought to dissolve the current fire district.[2] Opponents to this measure, as well as the district levy increase measure, noted that this measure was illegal due to the fact that it seeks to raise the permanent tax rate for the district. This measure would dissolve the district, thereby halting its current permanent levy of $.51 per $1,000 of assessed value, and then create a new district with a slightly larger boundary with a permanent levy set at a rate of $1.55 per $1,000 of assessed value. Both measures needed to be approved for the change to take place. District officials noted that they were not trying to deceive people but rather need a larger levy in order to pay their daily operational expenses. The district's attorney had weighed in on the two measures and did not find anything illegal about the proposed measures. An additional informational meeting had been planned to work through the issues others have raised about the measures.[3]

Text of measure

The question on the ballot:

Shall the existing Lookingglass Rural Fire Protection District be dissolved upon formation of a new Lookingglass Fire District?[4]