Voters approve additional financial support for West Routt, Yampa fire districts
November 6, 2018
Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect the final vote count.
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Voters on Tuesday approved giving more financial support to both the West Routt and Yampa fire protection districts.
West Routt residents voted in favor of the tax increase in Referendum 6D 610 to 516, and Yampa passed theirs in Referendum 6B 301 to 214.
West Routt voters were being asked to raise the property tax by 2 mills. This will help make up for the loss of revenue in recent years.
The tax increase in West Routt will raise a projected $253,509 in the first year. Yampa’s 4.529-mill tax increase is expected to generate $116,409.47 in its first year.
In West Routt, the owner of a $100,000 home will pay about $14.40 more per year in property taxes, and the owner of a $100,000 commercial building will pay $58 more per year.
In Yampa, the owner of a $100,000 home will pay about $27.67 more per year in property taxes, and the owner of a $100,000 commercial building will pay $131.34 more.
Yampa plans to use the money to enhance its infrastructure and purchase equipment. They will also hire their first full-time, paid staff member.
West Routt will be using the money to maintain equipment and facilities.