Littleton Fire Protection District (LFPD) provides fire and emergency rescue services to approximately 80,000 Colorado residents living in portions of Arapahoe, Douglas, and Jefferson counties. Originally formed in 1948, the District covers 30 square miles and is comprised of two distinct, noncontiguous geographical areas both west and east of the city of Littleton. The District owns three fire stations – Station 13, Station 14, and Station 15 – and has a one-third share of Station 16.
The western portion of the District is in east-central Jefferson County, with general boundaries of Wadsworth Boulevard on the west, Platte Canyon Road on the east, Bowles Avenue on the north, and Chatfield State Park on the south. Stations 13 and 16 are on the west side of the District.
The eastern portion of the District serves western Arapahoe County and a small portion of north-central Douglas County, with general boundaries of Broadway on the west, Holly Street on the east, Orchard Road on the north, and County Line Road on the south. Stations 14 and 15 are on the east side of the District.
LFPD currently contracts with the City of Littleton, Littleton Fire Rescue (LFR) to provide emergency response services and life safety education programs to the citizens of the District. In total LFR serves approximately 220,000 people residing in a 92 square mile area covering the District, the City of Littleton and Highlands Ranch Metro District. Emergency response services include: fire suppression, emergency medical services, hazardous materials response, technical rescue, dive rescue and recovery, as well as wildland fire suppression.
The current District mill levy is 7.678 mills to provide fire and paramedic services to the area. The mill levy for the District has been at 7.678 mills since 2004, when an election raised the levy by 1.000 mills.
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FACTUAL SUMMARY • January 22, 2018
Littleton Fire Protection District • P.O. Box 284, Littleton, CO 80160 ▪ (720) 445-0731
MAY 8, 2018 ELECTION TO INCLUDE WITHIN SOUTH METRO FIRE RESCUE FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT ALL OF THE PROPERTY CURRENTLY WITHIN LITTLETON FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT
Summary. During its meeting on January 17, 2018, the Board of Directors of the South Metro Fire Rescue Fire Protection District (“South Metro”) adopted a Resolution calling for an election on May 8, 2018 to receive approval from the eligible voters within Littleton Fire Protection District (“Littleton FPD”) to include within South Metro all of the property currently within Littleton FPD (“Inclusion Election”). The Inclusion Election is the first step in the proposed unification of South Metro and Littleton FPD.
Arguments For the Proposal. South Metro provides high quality fire suppression, fire protection and public education, rescue, extrication, hazardous materials, ambulance and emergency medical services (collectively, “Emergency Services”) to more than 200,000 residents across 179 square miles in Douglas and Arapahoe counties. If unification occurs, South Metro would become the second largest Emergency Services provider in Colorado. Littleton FPD and South Metro share large borders. Unification of Emergency Services will allow for improved response times by removing service area boundaries and responding with the closest emergency vehicles.
Littleton FPD’s costs of providing Emergency Services through the current partnership with the City of Littleton and Highlands Ranch Metropolitan District are steadily increasing. The Littleton FPD Board has projected that in the upcoming years it would need to ask its voters to increase its property tax to at least 10 mills, which would result in higher property taxes than the 9.25 mills currently imposed by South Metro. This could result in property owners paying more in taxes for a lower level of service than what is expected through unification. If all of Littleton FPD’s service area is included into South Metro, it will be subject to South Metro’s property tax of 9.25 mills and the appropriate steps will be taken to legally dissolve (terminate) Littleton FPD as a local government.
Arguments Against the Proposal. Currently, Littleton FPD’s Emergency Services are funded by a 7.678 mills property tax. If inclusion is approved, Littleton FPD’s property tax would be replaced with South Metro’s 9.25 mills property tax. This change would equate to property owners paying an additional 94¢ per month per $100,000 of appraised property value. For voters who support less and smaller government, including Littleton FPD’s service area into the larger service area of South Metro, and increasing property taxes to 9.25 mills, may be contrary to this objective. In addition, some voters may wish to keep more local control over the provision of Emergency Services.
This Factual Summary is being provided in accordance with the authority granted by C.R.S. § 1-45-117(b)(l)