Vail Daily letter: ‘Yes’ for Gypsum fire

The Gypsum Fire Protection District is running out of money. As a retired firefighter with 28 years of service with three different fire agencies, I can safely say that the proposed tax increase for the Gypsum Fire Protection District is sorely needed. Shrinking property values have reduced the district’s budget to the point that there is often only a single firefighter on duty at a time. Their personnel protective equipment is old and worn and their newest fire apparatus was purchased in 2006. With a current mill levy of 6.846 mills they are providing fire protection service with significantly less funds than most similar districts in Colorado. Many fire departments have replaced their entire fleet since the district last purchased a new fire engine and they still rely heavily on volunteer firefighters who deserve our support in providing them with safe and dependable tools to do this challenging job. Please join me in voting “yes” on Gypsum Fire Protection District ballot issue A.

Barry Smith

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