ON NOVEMBER 8, 2016, THE SNOWMASS WILDCAT FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT WILL ASK VOTERS TO APPROVE A MIL LEVY INCREASE TO FUND CONSTRUCTION OF A NEW FIRE HOUSE. THE MIL LEVY WILL FUND A BOND OF $17,000,000 FOR CONSTRUCTION OF THE NEW STATION ON THE SITE OF THE EXISTING STATION.
The existing Fire Station is 45 years old and is about 17,000 square feet in size. Since 1971, the station has been upgraded a number of times to try to keep pace with a growing town. As the building ages, its structural integrity continues to degrade, and continual repairs are needed that drive operational costs up. In addition, the station doesn’t have enough space to shelter all the emergency response vehicles and fire trucks. Administrative personnel have to share office space, and conducting operations such as washing contaminated equipment after incidents has to be done in the bays rather than a separate room, leading to potentially unsanitary conditions.
It has come to a point where the old Fire Station has become a fiscal and organizational burden to the District. Without a new station, operational costs will continue to increase, the safety issues will continue, and the overall efficiency of the organization will constantly be jeopardized. It makes organizational and financial sense to replace the station now so that the emergency-response needs of the Village and its tourism-based economy can be satisfied in the best and most efficient manner, both now and into the future.
How much is the Fire District asking for?
The Fire District is asking voters to approve a $17,000,000 bond issue for the construction of the new station. An additional mil levy, or increase in your property taxes, is required to fund the bond. The increase will be about $95/year for a home with an assessed value of $500,000. Listed below are some examples of what the tax increase would be for different types of property:
CALCULATE YOUR PROPERTY TAX
The cost to residential property owners in the Snowmass Wildcat Fire Protection District is approximately $95 per year/per $500,000 of assessed real property value. Calculate your property tax.
How did we arrive at the size for the new station?
In 2011, the District conducted a space needs analysis that analytically determined the appropriate space required to safely and efficiently operate the Fire Station. In all, this analysis determined a need for about a 30,000 square foot facility. The District then worked diligently to design the space for efficient and effective use. This has resulted in a new Fire Station design that encompasses 26,700 square feet of finished space and adequately provides a facility that will improve operational functions and provide a safe working environment for our first responders.
What will the District and the community gain by building a new station?