December 13, 2010
A group in favor of fire district consolidation is pitching a citywide property tax to take fire funding away from the volatile sales tax revenues.
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The fire district surrounding Steamboat Springs is formalizing its efforts to place a property tax before city voters next year in order to consolidate local fire and emergency services in one funding entity. Such a consolidation would implement a property tax for city residents. A reduction of some of the city’s sales tax, potentially on utilities and food purchases, would offset that property tax. The issue could be one of several local tax measures on the table in 2011.