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Letter: I think special districts are a good thing

To the Editor:

After reading the trials and tribulations of the Grand Lake Fire Protection District, I realized that a small “civics” lesson was needed.

In Colorado, there are quasi-governmental agencies called “Special Districts” that usually are single purpose entities. These include, fire departments, school districts, water and sewer districts, etc..

All of these entities are separate, and governed by their own boards, and by the rules set forth in Colorado Special District rules and regulations.

If you don’t agree with these individual districts, you have to go to that entity and air your issues.

Since the Fire District has several “appointed” board members, it’s clear that no one wanted to run for the board, and the district had to “draft” people. I believe that there should be an election coming up this spring. Run for the board, and vote!

The ambulance/EMS is operated by the county, and works together with the fire district, as it should.

I personally like “special districts.” For the most part they are limited to what they are chartered to do. They are mandated to maintain a balanced budget, and if they need to borrow money, they have to go to the voters. Generally, this is where the problem comes about. These districts don’t generate a lot of controversy, and so people don’t pay much attention. That’s probably why there are several “appointees” on the board.

The one thing that I don’t like is that all the fire chief’s salaries are way above the normal income in Grand County. These salaries and benefits are at least 30 percent too high.

Norm Benson


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