Rest assured that, regardless of what challenges we face, the employees and volunteers of the LFPD will always hold your safety and well-being as our primary concern. Please take the time to review the remainder of the LFPD 2017 Annual Report, and if you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact me.
Message from Chief Mills
The following is an excerpt from the chief's message, found on page 3 of the annual report:
Our mission statement is “Dedicated to our community through quality services, compassion, and excellence.” As we and all other rural Colorado Special Districts move into the future however, there are legislative roadblocks that may result in significant financial hindrances which will cause difficulties in fully executing our missions. Specifically, these “legislative roadblocks” are the Gallagher Amendment in conjunction with restrictions imposed by the TABOR Amendment. Since it is not the intent of this report to describe the in-depth intricacies of the negatively synergistic issues created by these two amendments, I request that you review the following links at your leisure for a more comprehensive understanding of the problem.
Colorado’s Constitutional Funding Crisis: https://goo.gl/2RWHwp
Gallagher Amendment Impact on District Finances Arises Again: https://goo.gl/Zzr8Yc
Skyrocketing property values on Front Range harming rural fire departments: https://goo.gl/p57Q7c
Rural Colorado Fire Departments Could Get Badly Hurt By Budget Cuts: https://goo.gl/wyj2MW
Rural Colorado government services could retreat further because of forecasts pointing to more property tax cuts in 2019: https://goo.gl/vHPDcq