Take better care of those who take care of us.

If you are a registered voter of unincorporated Carbon County, you have a voice to select the 5-member board and for the district itself on November 8, 2022.

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Currently, 140 firefighters protect over 15,000 residents across 7,964 square miles of Carbon County.

The vision for

Carbon County's Fire Protection District

Our goal is to provide sustainable funding for fire and rescue services for the foreseeable future. We simply need to take better care of those that take care of us.

The areas of focus for this funding, as identified by the fire chiefs for firefighter safety, are:

  • Personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Fire apparatus and rescue tools
  • Communication equipment
  • Training

The regulations and requirements for each of these critical areas continue to increase in rigor and cost. So much so that grants, impact funding, and operation funding from Carbon County which are not sustainable, are falling well short of targeted expectations.

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Why Carbon County Needs a Fire District

A fire district has one mission. It must organize, budget for and operate fire protection. There are many advantages to a fire protection district.

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Only property owners and businesses in the unincorporated areas of Carbon County will pay for the fire protection district.

A new fire protection district levying the maximum 3 mills in unincorporated districts is forecasted to yield $826,075 to $906,575 between October 2023 and July 2024.

If you are a registered voter of unincorporated Carbon County, you have a voice to select the 5-member board and for the district itself on November 8, 2022.

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Frequently Asked

Carbon County has operated without a fire district for many years. Why do we need one now?

Fire and rescue services are statutorily at the discretion of the county commissioners. Budget constraints and shortfalls make it difficult to appropriately fund these services.

The regulations and requirements for PPE, fire apparatus and rescue tools, communication equipment and training continue to increase in rigor and cost. So much so that grants, impact funding, and operation funding from Carbon County, which are not sustainable, are falling well short of targeted expectations.

A fire district will add sustainable funding and can offset the rise in costs and volatility in the county revenues in the status quo.

How are the initial board of directors elected?

The election shall be held by the board of county commissioners at the same time as the election for formation of the district. The 5-member fire district board will consist of residents living within the district, who will serve without compensation.

Within 10 days after the election, the board will select a president and secretary-treasurer.

How will the money be collected?

Tax statements will be sent out September 2023 to property owners and businesses in the unincorporated areas of Carbon County.

What could happen if the fire district is defeated at the election?

According to Wyoming statute Title 35-9-210, the board of county commissioners may refuse to provide fire and public safety protection to the area within the proposed district.

What is a fire protection district?

A fire protection district is a special district that allocates funding for fire and rescue, exclusively.

A fire district has one mission. It must organize, budget for, and operation fire protection. Government, on the other hand, must provide roads, law enforcement, mandated collections, elections, court systems, and many other facets of operation.

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