Want to Know How Much More You Will Pay For Fire with South Metro

City Council directed staff to negotiate for Littleton to be included within the South Metro Fire District.  This will cause Littleton residents to pay more for fire and EMS protection than we are currently paying.  Below are some “calculators” that you can use to see what difference it will make on your property tax liability.  Just plug in your number into the blue box and the new rate will appear.  Make sure you use the correct chart – there are two – residential and commercial.

Residential v2

Commercial Assessment

We do not know how much the unification will cost us and won’t until the council votes.  Once the council votes the question will have to go to the taxpayers as this will be a tax increase under TABOR.

At the 3 February workshop, city council did discuss the possibility of reducing our current 6.662 mill levy to 2 mills creating a credit to offset some of the extra charge of going to South Metro.  Currently, we pay approximately $7,100,000 – crediting back some of that cost through a mill levy reduction equivalent to $4,000,000 in the form of a credit would leave $3,100,000 on the table for council to spend.  They also talked about earmarking their $3,100,000 in “savings” to be spent on street maintenance.*  If council decides they want to reduce our mill levy to help us pay for the increase in fire protection just how much they are willing to reduce it remains to be seen.  Who knows, maybe they will decide to credit the taxpayers 100% for what we are currently providing in taxes to pay for fire protection.  It is a policy question that council will decide.

 

*Not sure this can be done – council mandating how future council’s appropriate funds.  Apparently the city attorney has a way around this difficulty.

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