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Craig Rural Fire Protection District certifies 2015 mills

Janelle O'Dea

The Craig Rural Fire Protection District certified its mills for 2015.

The Craig Rural Fire Protection District board held a special meeting Monday night, certifying the district's mill levies for the 2015 budget year.

A mill levy sets the amount that the district will receive from property taxes. A mill is 1/1,000 of a dollar, or 1/10 of a cent.

The district estimates its expenses will total $669,078 for 2015 and it will have $1,046,639 in revenue from mills. It will have $377,560 left over for an emergency fund.

Members Rodney Kowach, Chris Nichols, John Forgay, Tony Maneotis, Alan Webber, administrative assistant Tonya Mercer and Fire Chief KC Hume were present.

Members passed a resolution 6-0 approving a levy of 1.997 mills "for the purpose of meeting all general operating expenses of the Craig Rural Fire Protection District during the 2015 budget year," according to the resolution.

General operating expenses include paying bills, paying administrative assistant Mercer and any other general, ongoing expenses. The amount of money from property tax needed to balance the district's general operating expenses budget totals $566,134.

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The resolution also contained approval for a separate levy for "the purpose of meeting all capital expenditures of the Craig Rural Fire Protection District during the 2015 budget year." This levy is 1.5 mills.

Capital expenditures include new equipment, new facilities and any other expense that is not a regularly occurring expense. The amount of money from property tax needed to balance the district's capital expenses budget totals $425,238.

A separate resolution with the same levy amounts was certified for Routt County, as the Craig Rural Fire Protection District stretches into a part of Routt County.

Routt County's property tax budget balances requires totals of $2,430.90 for general operating expenses and $1,825.92 for capital expenses.

All governmental agencies that receive money from property taxes are required to certify mills before Dec. 15.

The mills are based on a certified valuation from the respective county assessor. Robert Razzano is the Moffat County assessor and Gary Peterson is the Routt County assessor.

Contact Janelle O’Dea at 970-875-1795 or jodea@CraigDailyPress.com or follow her on Twitter @jayohday