Fire District 7 is returning to the voters to ask for a levy lid lift, after a summertime funding request was defeated at the polls.
The levy on voters’ current ballots requires a simple majority to lift the lid for one year, then the levy rate will fall after that based on assessed value, said Heather Chadwick, public information and education officer for the district.
If voters approve the measure, it will return the property tax rate to $1.50. For someone who owns a $300,000 home, that homeowner would see a $42 increase for the year if the levy passes.
The rate typically falls over time, which is what periodically causes the request to bring the rate back up.
Fire taxes are generally 10 to 11 percent of your tax assessment, said Chief Gary Meek.
“That’s your local tax dollars in your local community,” Meek said.
Meek said this levy lid lift maintains operating costs.