Since 1951 Wellington Fire Protection District has provided fire suppression, rescue, extrication, hazardous materials, emergency medical, public education, and risk reduction services to 288 square miles of northern Larimer County including the Town of Wellington, Waverly, Buckeye and surrounding communities. Wellington Fire Protection District is a statutory special district governed by an elected five-member Board of Directors, which provides direction to the Fire Chief. Although a separate governmental entity, the District works closely with the Town of Wellington and Larimer County.
In November 2017 residents and property owners within the District’s boundaries approved the first property tax increase since 2000. As a result of the Gallagher Amendment to the Colorado Constitution, the Fire District stands to lose a projected $300,000 in voter-approved revenue on an ongoing basis starting in 2020.
During its meeting on July 25, 2018, the Fire District’s Board of Directors adopted a Resolution calling for an election on November 6, 2018 to seek voter approval to stabilize, long term, its property tax revenue (Ballot Issue 6C).
The Gallagher Amendment in 6 Minutes: Watch this short video from the Colorado Fiscal Institute on how the Gallagher Amendment works.