BY DORIS TRUHLARGOVERNMENTAL REPORTER
Some residents of the South Metro Fire Rescue District will receive tax cuts in the coming year, according to a report made to the Centennial City Council by Jerry Rhodes, Assistant Chief of that district, at a council meeting earlier this week.
Rhodes said that the recent unification of the Cunningham Fire Protection District and Littleton Fire Rescue with South Metro will result in a decrease in the property taxes.
The newly created district has grown to serving about 540,000 residents within about 285 square miles, according to Rhodes. The three district merged beginning at the beginning of 2019.
As of the end of this year, plus any time needed to obtain an order from the District Court, Cunningham Fire District will no longer exist, Rhodes said. He also predicted that the mill levy of 9.25 will be in effect for five to ten years. Additionally, Rhodes said there had been three unions prior to the unification. There is now only one union. There will be a seven-member board running the district, he said.
Centennial Mayor Stephanie Piko said she is “impressed” with the merger and called it “beneficial” to residents of the district.
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