Banks, BANKS FIRE DISTRICT 13, Government

Banks Fire District asks for local option levy increase in May election

The Banks Fire District. Photo: Brenda Schaffer

BANKS - The taxpayer-funded Banks Fire District 13 will place on the ballot in this May’s election a five-year $2.7 million local option levy that would raise property taxes earmarked for the district 35 cents from the current 62 cents for a total of 97 cents per $1,000 of assessed value.

Voters approved a local option levy in 2005, which was renewed twice in 2010 and 2015, but the cost of equipment and services has increased significantly since the original levy passed, and Banks Fire hasn’t asked voters for a funding increase in 14 years.

BFD has a service area that encompasses 136 square miles across the communities of Banks, Manning, Buxton, and Timber.

If passed, the levy would remain in place from 2020 through 2025. BFD . . .

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