Gov't Affairs, Govt - County Larimer, Govt Loveland

Fire Rescue Authority Strategic Plan Dependent on November Election

On the same night that the City Council discussed 2013 capital expansion fees, it also discussed the City’s long-term strategy for increasing the service capability of the fire department. The department wants to add 24 firefighters, three support employees, build a new fire station and buy land for another. However, that plan is dependent on voters in the Loveland Rural Fire Protection District. If voters do not approve a 2.9 mill property tax increase, Fire Chief Randy Mirowski said services in the City and rural areas will suffer and a new station planned near the Big Thompson Elementary School would be pushed back at least 10 years. Note: Last year voters in the Rural District turned down a similar ballot proposal. In spite of this history, supporters have not made a concerted effort to educate rural voters and the measure’s chance of passing seems remote.

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