Colorado Editorials

Steamboat Pilot & Today: Council needs to get specific

Author: Erin Prater - September 13, 2018 - Updated: September 13, 2018

The Steamboat Springs City Council is currently discussing a fire district inclusion election, which would be decided in a May 2018 special election.

If approved by voters, the ballot measure would incorporate city residents into the current Steamboat Springs Area Fire Protection District, which would allow the district to collect up to 9 mills of property tax on properties within city limits to fund firefighting and emergency medical services.

The inclusion wouldn’t change the services city residents receive, but it would change the way the local fire district is funded, and it would free up $1.8 million in the budget that the city now spends annually to support Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue.

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Erin Prater

Erin Prater

Erin Prater is Colorado Politics' digital editor. She is a multimedia journalist with 15 years of experience writing, editing and designing for newspapers, magazines, websites and publishing houses. Her previous positions include military reporter at The Gazette, general assignment reporter at The Huerfano County (Colo.) World, copy editor at David C. Cook publishing house and adjunct mass communication instructor at Pueblo Community College. Her bylines include The New York Times Upfront, The Argus Leader (Sioux Falls, S.D.), Military Spouse magazine and Omaha Magazine (Omaha, Neb.). Her syndicated bylines include The Denver Post,, and wire services.