Aug 7, 2011 11:40 AM by Dr. Anya Winslow

Taxes or firefighters in Black Forrest

BLACK FOREST, Colo. (AP) - Voters in the small unincorporated community of Black Forest in El Paso County could face a bleak choice on ballots later this year - higher taxes, or fewer firefighters?

A board overseeing the Black Forest Fire/Rescue plans to ask residents for the property tax increase on November ballots. If the measure fails, the fire service would have to lose six of 11 paid staff members.

The (Colorado Springs) Gazette reports that if approved, the Black Forest measure would likely raise taxes by 4.25 mills.

Officials with the Falcon Fire Department have also reserved space on the ballot for a tax increase question, though they've yet to decide whether to bring the issue to voters.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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