Earlier this year, the Littleton City Council entered into an agreement with South Metro Fire Rescue to provide fire services to the community on January 1, 2019. On November 6, voters will be asked to approve the full inclusion with SMFR. This means that voters will decide:
• If South Metro fire services are funded through property taxes.
• If Littleton citizens will be represented in future SMFR elections and decisions.
If voters decide to approve the full inclusion, this will mean a few things:
• South Metro will increase property taxes for Littleton residents beginning in January 2020.
• The City of Littleton will decrease property taxes beginning January 2020.
• The city will dedicate $3.1 million to street maintenance and improvements each year. If voters choose not to approve inclusion, then a few things will happen: • The City of Littleton will need to pay South Metro for fire services using General Fund Reserves.
• There will be no additional funds dedicated to street maintenance, thereby significantly underfunding the program.
• City council will examine the budget to prioritize all city services to determine what to fund and what to cut.
• By 2022 the city will approach minimum reserve levels, as set by state statute, and will need to have significant cuts in place.
Should voters choose to fund South Metro services through property taxes, on average residents will see an increase of $10 per month in property taxes, approximately $120 annually. Commercial properties will see an increase of around $110 per month (based on a $1 million property value). Calculate how property taxes may change with this vote by visiting littletongov.org/lfr-unification.
Why Street Improvements? Joining South Metro and having the services paid through property taxes allows allocation of city funds to street improvements while receiving improved fire services. In citizen surveys since 2012, residents have told the city that street maintenance and improvements are a top priority. In the 2018 Citizen Survey, reducing traffic congestion on city streets was cited as the most important future project. Resident satisfaction with traffic congestion has declined steadily since 2012. Seventy-seven percent of respondents said street maintenance is the most important future project over the next five to eight years. Street quality is assessed on a scale of 1-100 known as the Pavement Condition Index (PCI). Currently, the quality of Littleton’s streets rate below the target PCI score, and rank poorly among peer cities.