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Fire board approves $4.1 million budget for 2009

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By Vicky Gits

At its regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 19, the five-member board of directors voted 5-0 to approve the 2009 budget for the Evergreen Fire Protection District.

The final version of the document outlining how the district is to spend $4.1 million was virtually the same as the one presented at a public hearing Nov. 12.

Property tax revenue is expected to be $3.6 million in 2009, or the same as budgeted for 2008, with the possibility there might be another $43,000 in tax revenue based on the assessor’s most recent estimate.

However, any increase in property tax revenue in 2009 is expected to be offset by a $25,000 reduction in interest income on investment money, due to the prevailing decline in interest rates. Fuel prices also are expected to rise to $65,000 from $43,000 this year.

For the full version of this story, see next week's print edition of the Courier.