Fire District Trumps EPURA
If the fire district ballot initiative is successful, the Town of Estes Park will realize a windfall of approximately $500,000 as the Town shifts half of its fire protection expenditures to property tax payers. Annually, as it reduces fire protection costs, the Town will enjoy a new half-million dollar fund for Town beautification or other needs.
Assuming the effort to more equally spread fire protection costs to all service area residents is successful, the need for the “independent” EPURA is eliminated. The Town’s new annual windfall can more than offset EPURA spending. In the interest of open and accountable government, the Town should create a visible mechanism for public input on the wise use of these new funds. Abolishing the EPURA will also end its arcane financing by eliminating the siphoning of funds from various taxing entities such as the school district.
Part-time residents should be reminded of the need to contact the Larimer County Clerk (970-498-7820, P.O. Box 1547, Fort Collins, CO 80522 or www.co.larimer.co.us <http://www.co.larimer.co.us/>) to arrange for delivery of the January 12 EPURA ballot to their December/January address. Ballots cannot be forwarded.