1 mil county levy would be dedicated to emergency equipment purchases.
The Silverton Town Council has unanimously passed a resolution endorsing the proposed county millage increase to fund the purchase of emergency response equipment.
Town officials noted that both the town and county face budget challenges that will make it difficult if not impossible for those entities to continue contributing to an escrow fund for purchases of emergency equipment for the sheriff’s office, fire department and Silverton Ambulance Association.
The measure on the Nov. 1 ballot asks voters to approve a 1 mil levy on all property in San Juan County.
County Assessor Dan Salazar said the millage would cost the owner of a $200,000 home $15.92 per year.
And county officials noted that with lower assessed values, property owners would still likely be paying less in taxes than they had last year.
“The passage of the county’s proposed mil increase would have a discernable and direct positive impact on the town’s strained municipal budget, given that any funds generated through such an increase would necessarily be applied to the purchase of emergency equipment, thereby offsetting the town’s shared obligation to purchase such equipment,” the resolution adopted by the Town Council on Monday night, Oct. 24, states.
“This would benefit our budget as much as the county’s” said Town Administrator Jason Wells.
The wording on the proposed millage levy to fund fire department, ambulance service and sheriff’s office equipment reads as follows:
“Shall San Juan County be permitted to levy, collect and spend additional property taxes projected to total $49,000 during the first full year following adoption of the measure for the sole and exclusive purpose of funding the acquisition of emergency services equipment by adding an additional one mil to the 19.641 mils currently levied on real and personal property by San Juan County, Colorado thereby bringing the total mil levy imposed on property by San Juan County to 20.641 mils?”
San Juan County voters will also elect three school board members in the election.
Running for three 4-year (unpaid) school board terms are incumbents Keri Metzler and Dan Salazar, along with Mary Krause and Katey Houston.
Polls will be open in the San Juan County Courthouse from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 1.
Early voting continues at the San Juan County Clerk’s Office through Friday, Oct. 28, from 8 a.m. to noon and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.