The 2016 Golden Gate Fire Protection District Election was held on May 3rd. The community elected David Kinnard and Patsy Daniel to 4-year terms, expiring in 2020.
The 2016 Election for Directors will be a polling place election, taking place at the Grange on May 3, 2016.
If you would like a mail-in ballot, you must complete a Mail-In Ballot Request and return it to the Designated Election Official, no later than April 29.
This must be done even if you’re registered as a mail-in ballot voter with Jefferson County, since the Golden Gate Fire Protection District conducts independent elections.
All mail-in ballots must be RECEIVED by May 3, 2016.
The Golden Gate Fire Protection District will have two director seats up for election on the May 3rd ballot. The term for each seat is 4 years.
Candidates for this year’s election, listed in ballot order, are:
In our Golden Gate Canyon area, wildland and structural fires pose a major threat to our families, homes and land. Medical emergencies of illness and injury are an even more common threat to our health and wellness. A skilled and timely response by our firefighters and medical first responders is critical to protecting our lives and property, and a key to safety for our families, livestock and visitors in our special foothills environment.
As a member of the GGFPD Board of Directors, I will work to support:
- The best equipped and trained volunteer Dept. we can provide
- Responsible financial stewardship and accountability to the community we serve
- Recognition by the County and State for the increasing service and financial demands that the growing recreational use in our District places on our volunteers and resources
I am a 25 year resident of Golden, married father of four; Lori and I moved to Douglas Mountain three years ago. As a physician trained in cardiology, I have over 30 years’ experience leading teams of highly skilled professionals serving patients and families challenged by cardiovascular disease, our nation’s leading cause of death. I recognize our GGFPD Board must support a high level of technical knowledge and skill in the Dept., implemented by dedicated and generous volunteers, with innovative, transparent, cost-effective use of scarce resources to successfully protect our District from the threats of fire, illness and injury. I pledge to focus sharply on these goals; if you share these priorities I would appreciate your support.
In 2007 I volunteered with the GGFPD to revise and update the water source database. Ever since I had been planning to join the fire department and up until the Black Hawk Ridge fire last fall (directly across from our house), I hadn’t taken the leap. I was the first person at the fire with boots and shovel. I experienced firsthand how vulnerable we are especially with increasing recreational use of the canyon.
I joke with my wife that I didn’t realize I wanted to be a fire fighter until I was 50! I’ve recently passed my Colorado FF1 written and JPR’s. Wildland training is around the corner. In the short time I’ve been directly involved it’s been intense physical and mental work, yet fun and incredibly rewarding.
My entire professional career has been involved in engineering of industrial and consumer safety products. Bringing a product to market is no different than managing any organization. Understand root issues, develop goals and creating a plan of action to accomplish those goals using the available resources.
Being a small fire district, Golden Gate must be creative, nimble, and resourceful to accomplish our goals. There is no space, time nor energy for politics or being politically correct nonsense. The needs and goals are clear. Let’s boil it down to the basics and get on with things.
A mentor of mine said to me in a recent discussion about running for a board position that a fire department has the highest moral duty to act with uncompromised standards to perform beyond that which is expected.
I believe the focus of any first response organization should be the highest level of safety for the citizens as well as the first responders while assuring highest value for tax payers’ dollars. We owe the community of Golden Gate Canyon management that provides the highest level and quality of training and equipment for the fire fighters, a balanced budget, excellent value for funds spent, elimination of waste and seamless coordination with mutual aid partners synergizing services, training and equipment.
I look forward to working with the Auxiliary and the Grange, representing you, the residents of Golden Gate Canyon.
It has come to our attention that the mill levy to support the Golden Gate Fire Protection District has been improperly certified for the past four years. The District Board of Directors has taken swift action to investigate how this happened and approved the required budget adjustment for this year.
The approved general mill levy for our fire district as set by the voters, in accordance with the Taxpayers’ Bill of Rights, or TABOR, is 9.000.
Unfortunately, the accountant who has been working with the District for the past four years, improperly, and for reasons unknown, departed from the Colorado-approved guidance and certified the rates at 10.774 for 2014 and 12.665 for 2015.
A mill certification is a typical administrative task done after the budget is adopted, simply certifying the mill at the rate approved by the voters, and filed directly with Jefferson County to determine your property taxes.
Fortunately, the approved budgets for the past two years did not rely on the additional amounts to fund core operations. The District has taken steps to put the excess revenue into reserves. While the District will not receive all of the 2016 property tax revenue until this fall, the Jefferson County Treasurer will not allow the District to correct the mill levy to be collected this year, which will stand at 12.665 mill.
At the March 2016 meeting of the Board of Directors, the Board voted 4-0 to certify a mill levy tax credit for property taxes next year. This means the mill will be reduced to a level to even out the over-collection from the past four years. The District will use revenues collected this year, and held in reserve, to fund next year’s operations.
The District will be hiring an accountant with experience working with special districts and knowledge of our obligations under TABOR.
We regret this occurred and take stewardship of your tax dollars seriously. We appreciate your understanding and patience as we take steps to ensure our District has the appropriate level of professional services and additional oversight moving forward.
The Golden Gate Fire Protection District will be conducting an election for two directors on May 3, 2016.
The election will be held at the Grange, 25201 Golden Gate Canyon Rd, Golden, CO 80403 from 7am to 7pm on May 3.