Durango fire district asks for property tax increase

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Durango fire district asks for property tax increase

Voters may decide whether to fund new station, more firefighters
Possible property tax increases

If residents approved a property tax increase for the Durango Fire Protection District, homeowners in the district could see these increases:
The owner of a $200,000 home would pay $36 more annually. The owner of a $400,000 home would pay $72 more annually.

To weigh in

The city of Durango will hold two public hearings next week. The first about its agreement with the Durango Fire Protection District and the second about a possible property tax increase for the district.
A public hearing about amending the city’s contract with the fire district will be at 4 p.m. Tuesday in City Hall, 949 East Second Ave. The amended contract would have to be approved by voters in November.A public hearing about whether to place a property tax increase question on the November ballot will be held at 5 p.m. Tuesday in City Hall, 949 East Second Ave.

Durango fire district asks for property tax increase

Durango Fire Protection District firefighter Allison Slack practices the Function Ability Test on Thursday in the parking lot of Station No. 2 on Camino del Rio at River City Hall. A property tax increase could pay for a dedicated training facility for firefighters.
Durango Fire Protection District firefighter Dan Harshberger, right, sits on Capt. Lou Vito’s bed as they discuss Harshberger’s evaluation at Station No. 2 on Camino del Rio. The fire station lacks offices that are separate from sleeping quarters. The building was originally designed as an electrical warehouse before the fire district moved in.
A concern at Durango Fire Protection District’s Station No. 2 on Camino del Rio is that carbon monoxide fumes from vehicles make their way into the living quarters and soak into firefighting clothing stored in the garage. A property tax increase could help pay for a new fire station in downtown Durango.
Durango Fire Protection District firefighters practice the Function Ability Test on Thursday in the parking lot of Station No. 2 on Camino del Rio at River City Hall. A property tax increase could help pay for more full-time firefighting staff.
Durango Fire Protection District firefighters from left, Dave Stokes, Allison Slack and Ryan Carry sit down for lunch Thursday at Station No. 2 on Camino del Rio at River City Hall. Refrigerators sit in the dining area that is next to the living area and small kitchen. The fire district would like to replace Station No. 2, and a property tax increase could help pay for a larger building.
Would you vote in favor of a property tax increase to boost funding for the Durango Fire Protection District?
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