County takes a step toward new building fees
EAGLE ” It doesn’t cost a bit more to build new buildings in Eagle County just yet, but it will soon.
Local fire and ambulance services Tuesday got the authority from the Eagle County Commissioners to charge fees on new construction in Eagle County. Those fees, which have not yet been set, will build or renovate stations and help buy new equipment.
The Avon-based Eagle River Fire Protection District and Edwards’ Eagle County Ambulance District haven’t asked for the fees.
The next step for the fire districts based in Eagle, Gypsum and Basalt, along with the Western Eagle County Ambulance District, is a study to determine how much the fees should be.
Once that study is done, the districts will come back to the county. Once contracts are negotiated and signed, the county will collect the fees, charge 6 percent for handling, then give the money to the districts.
While all three commissioners voted to give the districts authority to charge fees for new building, all of them said they’d like to see the valley’s emergency service districts work together more, and, eventually, merge.
“I’d like the consultant to look at consolidating from East Vail to Dotsero,” Commissioner Peter Runyon said. “The taxpayers would be better served.”
Kevin Klein, the Boulder-based consultant working for the districts, said there are plans to share facilities, especially near the Eagle County Airport.
The new fees may take effect by the middle of next year.
“We’re going to do this as fast as we can,” said Jon Asper, chief of the Eagle-based district. “The commissioners have opened the door, now we need to do our part.”
Staff Writer Scott N. Miller can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 14624, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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