Fire Protection District Q & A-More Taxes
The proposed establishment of the Estes Valley Fire Protection District to provide fire and rescue services to the entire Estes Valley will go to the voters this November. Each week until the election the Fire Services Initiative Committee will answer questions submitted by the residents of the Estes Valley. Questions are being grouped by subject. This week the questions involve more questions on taxes.
Q. Didn’t we just raise our taxes for the marketing district?
A. No. The Local Marketing District (LMD) that was just approved in November 2008 only levies a 2% tax on people who use the Estes Valley’s lodging facilities for less than 30 days. The LMD levies no property tax on the Valley residents.
Q. How does the proposed 1.95 mill property tax for the Fire Protection District compare with other Fire Protection Districts in the area?
A. Fire Protection Mill Levy in other nearby Fire Protection Districts:
Berthoud: 15.274 mills
Johnstown: 9.478 mills
Poudre Valley: 9.301 mills
Allenspark: 7.507 mills
Pinewood Springs: 6.336 mills
Loveland Rural: 5.808 mills
Q. I already pay too much for taxes. Why should I pay more?
A. Recently, Estes Valley fire and rescue services have been funded primarily by sales tax dollars in the Town’s General Fund, subscription fees, donations to the Fire Department, and fund raising efforts by the volunteer firefighters—not by property taxes from Town or county residents. The property taxes collected are not adequate to fund the fire services budget. Fire and rescue services are presently funded in competition with all Town departments and are supplemented by county subscription fees and fundraising efforts conducted by the Volunteer Fire Department. Unfortunately, the Town of Estes Park revenue has not grown at the rate of area population growth and hasn’t kept pace with the ever-escalating cost of providing services.
Q. What are all of the other mill levies in my property tax bill?
A. Your property taxes depend on where you live. Typically, residents of the Estes Valley have mill levies for Town property tax (if you live inside the Town limits), County, School, Hospital, Library, Recreation and Park District, Sanitation District, and maybe a few others. You can look at your recent tax bill from Larimer County to see the exact levies for your property. Here are the major mill levies that most Estes Valley property owners pay (check your property tax statement for additional mill levies such as sanitation districts, general improvement districts, etc.):
Q. Is there a way to figure out what my tax will be?
A. Yes. Take your recent tax bill from Larimer County and find the Assessed Value of your property on the bill. It will probably be near the upper right corner of your tax bill. Divide that number by 1,000 and multiply the result by 1.95. The result is the amount of your tax bill next year that is proposed to support the new Fire Protection District. Of course, all of the other assessments are already outlined on your tax bill and they will continue next year.
Q. How much will it cost me?
A. The direct cost for every property owner will be 1.95 mills ($1.95 for every $1000 of assessed property value). Sales tax is paid by everyone, with the vast majority of the sales tax coming from tourist season.
If you have any questions concerning the proposed establishment of the Estes Valley Fire Protection District you can email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.