ELN: Clifton approves fire district tax

Clifton residents agreed Tuesday night to boost their property taxes to pay for new equipment and fund operations for the Clifton Fire Protection District.

As of 10:40 p.m., voters were favoring the levy 56.3 percent to 43.7 percent. The 1.244-mill increase will cost the owner of a $200,000 house an additional $19.80 a year.

The 37,000-resident district covers 15 square miles between 30 and 35 roads and Interstate 70 and the Colorado River.

Fire district officials have said the additional revenue is needed to keep up with operating costs and its growing number of fire and medical emergency calls.

According to statistics, the district’s call load increased from 1,456 fire and medical calls in 1998 to 2,402 calls in 2007.


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