Copper Mountain election factual summary

JOINT FACTUAL SUMMARY of the LAKE DILLON FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT and the COPPER MOUNTAIN CONSOLIDATED METROPOLITAN DISTRICT ______________________________________________________________________________________________________ NOVEMBER 3, 2020 ELECTION FOR INCLUSION OF THE COPPER MOUNTAIN CONSOLIDATED METROPOLITAN DISTRICT AREA INTO LAKE DILLON FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT ______________________________________________________________________________________________________

THE DISTRICTS. The Copper Mountain Consolidated Metropolitan District ("Copper Mountain Metro") is a local government of the State of Colorado authorized to provide fire and emergency services to the citizens and property within its jurisdiction, as well as other services such as water, sanitation, internet, and television. The neighboring Lake Dillon Fire Protection District ("Lake Dillon Fire") is also a local government of the State of Colorado authorized to provide fire and emergency services. On October 10, 2017, Copper Mountain Metro and Lake Dillon Fire entered into an agreement to establish a new local government called the Summit Fire & Emergency Medical Services Authority ("Summit Fire & EMS Authority") to provide both of their fire and emergency services within their joint jurisdiction and boundaries, including the administrative, operational, and financial functions necessary to provide fire and emergency services.

SUMMARY OF THE ISSUE. Creating the Summit Fire & EMS Authority has benefited Copper Mountain Metro, Lake Dillon Fire, and their constituents through the provision of enhanced fire and emergency services; however, creating the Summit Fire & EMS Authority has resulted in duplicative expenses and administrative time, such as the need to conduct three Board meetings per month, develop three budgets, and conduct three audits. Copper Mountain Metro and Lake Dillon Fire have determined that the health, safety, and welfare of their respective citizens and their property will be best served by establishing Lake Dillon Fire as the single provider of fire and emergency services within their combined area. To accomplish this goal, at the November 3, 2020 election, Lake Dillon Fire will seek voter approval to include into its jurisdiction all real property currently within the Copper Mountain Metro area. If the voters approve the inclusion, then Copper Mountain Metro will transfer its fire and emergency services responsibilities to Lake Dillon Fire, and the Summit Fire & EMS Authority will be dissolved. After Summit Fire & EMS Authority is dissolved, Lake Dillon Fire will change its name to "Summit Fire & EMS Fire Protection District".

ARGUMENTS AGAINST THE PROPOSAL. If successful, the proposal will merge the Copper Mountain Metro fire department into Lake Dillon Fire, and Copper Mountain Metro will no longer provide fire and emergency services. For voters who prefer smaller governmental agencies, or who would prefer to see Copper Mountain Metro retain its own fire department, the merger of the fire departments may be contrary to their desires. Additionally, if successful, Copper Mountain Metro will transfer its fire and emergency services vehicles and equipment to Lake Dillon Fire for Lake Dillon Fire to use in providing the fire and emergency services. Some voters may be opposed to Copper Mountain Metro transferring the vehicles and equipment to Lake Dillon Fire.

ARGUMENTS FOR THE PROPOSAL. Approving the inclusion and merging the Copper Mountain Metro fire department into Lake Dillon Fire will not cost property owners any additional amounts in taxes. If the inclusion is approved by the voters, Lake Dillon Fire will assess an operational property tax of 9.055 mills on the Copper Mountain Metro properties; however, Copper Mountain Metro will reduce its operational property tax by 9.055 mills so that the net taxation remains the same. If successful, the merger will retain the benefits of having created the Summit Fire & EMS Authority, including enhanced fire and emergency services through integrated infrastructure, streamlined processes, access to additional resources, and uniformity in training and operations, but without the duplicative expenses and administrative costs. Moreover, following the merger, Copper Mountain Metro will be able to focus its financial and personnel resources on providing its water, sewer, internet, and television services.

THE BALLOT QUESTION. On November 3, 2020, voter approval to include the Copper Mountain Metro area into Lake Dillon Fire will be sought through the following Ballot Question: Shall the following described area become a part of the Lake Dillon Fire Protection District upon the following conditions? Description of Area: All real property located within the boundaries of the Copper Mountain Consolidated Metropolitan District. Summary of Conditions: 1. If the proposed inclusion is approved by a majority of the eligible electors, Copper Mountain Consolidated Metropolitan District shall reduce its property tax mill levy by 9.055 mills for taxes assessed in 2021 and collected in 2022; 2. Unless approved by the voters in advance, and subject to prior voter-approved mill levy adjustments, the maximum property tax mill levy that may be imposed by Lake Dillon Fire Protection District is 9.055 mills, exclusive of refunds and abatements; and 3. The proposed inclusion is subject to the terms and conditions of the Lake Dillon Fire Protection District and Copper Mountain Consolidated Metropolitan District Pre-Inclusion and Fire Authority Dissolution Intergovernmental Agreement dated April 3, 2020.