Voters reject mill levy increase for West Metro Fire Protection District

LAKEWOOD, Colo. - Voters have rejected West Metro Fire Protection District's mill levy increase, according to fire officials.

More than 34,000 people sent in ballots for the mail-in election. West Metro said that was the largest voter turnout in recent election history. However, the measure lost by 860 votes.

The unofficial results:

4A: Shall West Metro's mill levy be increased by 3 mills?

AGAINST -- 17004

FOR -- 16144

The Canvass Board will meet to certify the results on Monday.

West Metro is expecting a budget shortfall of $1.25 million in 2014 and 2015. West Metro said it needed the mill levy increase to help maintain the fire agency's quick response times in keeping with nationally accredited standards and maintain and improve wildland firefighting, hazardous materials response, swift-water flood rescue, and technical, rock-climbing rescue.

West Metro provides fire and rescue services to Lakewood and Morrison and parts of Golden, Wheat Ridge, unincorporated Littleton, unincorporated Jefferson County, the Roxborough communities and Waterton Canyon.

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