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Vail Daily letter: Thanks to Gypsum voters

Dear citizens of Gypsum Fire Protection District:

We would like to express our sincere and deepest gratitude for passing our recent mill levy request. We are proud to have served our community since the early 1900s, and as a district since 1983. Since we incorporated as a district, our mill levy has remained the same, while the district and its population continued to grow. This growth stretched our resources beyond the point where we could continue to provide service without an increase in funding. We see this approval, at a 2-1 margin, as a sign of your faith in our service, and in our ability to continue to provide protection to you. We are deeply honored.

As we work the new revenue into our budget for next year, we will start working on repairs to the equipment we have. We have a responsibility to you, our citizens, to be responsible financial stewards, and we will continue to work hard at being conservative and resourceful with the funds you entrust to us.

We would like to thank everyone who contributed to this success: The Friends of Gypsum Fire, a small group of individuals who dedicated time and energy to spreading the word about the importance of this issue, and who reached out to and obtained support from the town of Gypsum, Gypsum Chamber of Commerce, Cotton Ranch HOA, Two Rivers Metro District, Two Rivers HOA, Buckhorn Valley HOA, Chatfield Corners Metro District, Brightwater Club and Sky Legend HOA. Thank you to each of these entities, who supported us and helped spread the word. Thank you to Matt Kroschel of CBS Denver, Matt Renoux at 9News Denver, and to Scott Miller and Randy Wyrick at the Vail Daily for their support and help in getting the word out. Thank you to the Eagle County commissioners for their support as well. We would like to specially thank Debbie Braucht, of Marchetti and Weaver, for serving as our election official, and to all the citizens who took the time to talk to their neighbors and friends about this issue.

We appreciate your support of the Gypsum Fire Protection District, and look forward to partnering with you, our community, as we face the future.

Justin Kirkland

Gypsum fire chief