Fire board certifies mill levy increase


The public approved an increase to the Craig Rural Fire Protection District's mill levy during the November general election.

On Thursday night, the Fire Board approved the mill levy certification, action that allows the board to begin collecting taxpayer money.

The 1.5 mill increase is expected to raise about $3.5 million for the department over the next 10 years.

The board also moved a step closer to mobile statewide communications by purchasing new radios. The Federal Emergency Management Agency is helping the fire district pay for upgrading its radios to new 800-megahertz systems.

A FEMA grant is paying $8,491 for the purchase.

An agreement has been reached with Pearson Commun-ications of Steamboat Springs to program the radios for $255.

In other action, the board:

  • Adopted the district's budget for 2007, at about $860,000.
  • Approved the purchase of "Class A" hats for firefighters for about $1,200.
  • Approved applications for department credit cards from Pinnacle Bank.
  • Approved purchasing in-mask communication devices for $5,000 from Craig Fire and Safety. FEMA grant money was used for the purchase.

The board also approved purchasing firefighter foam from Craig Fire and Safety for $1,495.

Board chairman Byron Wil-lems, who owns Craig Fire and Safety, did not vote on the two purchases involving Craig Fire and Safety.

Dan Olsen can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 207, or

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