[WVFPD] WVFPD Tax Refund Checks Are In The Mail

kevin at wvfpd.org kevin at wvfpd.org
Wed Jul 16 20:53:43 CDT 2014

Hello WVFPD Neighbors,

Our Treasurer, Kip Tarpley, reports that the refund checks were mailed 
today.  All checks will go to the legal addresses provided by El Paso 
County.  This should be the same address as the one used for the paper 
notice you received two weeks ago.

Keep an eye on your mailboxes!

On 2014-07-01 07:22, kevin at wvfpd.org wrote:
> Dear WVFPD Property Owners,
> It’s been nearly five years since Woodmen Valley Fire Protection
> District (WVFPD) signed an agreement with the Colorado Springs Fire
> Department (CSFD) so that the city provides fire and emergency medical
> services for the District.
> As a result of this agreement, and because of state regulations
> restricting ownership of unused fire assets, WVFPD has sold all of its
> vehicles and equipment and cancelled its building replacement plans.
> This has left the District with $245,000 in excess of what it needs to
> safely meet its obligations.  The WVFPD Board of Directors has
> unanimously decided to return these excess funds to District taxpayers
> in the form of a one-time tax refund.
> Following standard accounting practices, each property owner will
> receive a pro-rata distribution of the $245,000.  The amount will be
> based on the assessed value of the property as a percentage of the
> entire value of the combined District property values as calculated by
> the El Paso County Assessor on June 23, 2014. The check will be
> distributed to the current property owners, at their address of
> record, as of June 23, 2014.  This refund process is being managed by
> the District’s accounting firm, CliftonLarsonAllen (CLA).
> Please review the attached Q&A for several frequently asked questions.
>  If you have further questions, please contact WVFPD by emailing us at
> refund2014 at wvfpd.org or by calling 719-522-9666.
> Thank you for your continued support of WVFPD,
> WVFPD Board of Directors
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> How much will my check be?
> Your refund will be based on the assessed value of your property.
> There are 315 properties in the District and each owner will receive a
> share of the $245,000 refund based on their El Paso County assessed
> property value as of June 23, 2014.
> Why not a flat rate per property?
> Higher-valued properties pay more taxes to the District than lower
> valued ones. The refund is proportional to the taxes paid in.
> I just sold my property.  Who gets the check?
> The refund goes to the owner of record as of June 23, 2014. There is
> no practical way for the district to monitor ownership on a day-to-day
> basis.
> I’ve been paying taxes to the District for 10 years. Shouldn’t I get a
> larger refund than my neighbor who just built?
> WVFPD, on advice from our accounting firm, CliftonLarsonAllen, has
> selected the most common way to execute the refund. Only property
> value is used to calculate the refund, not time paid in. While other
> methods of refund might be possible, this one has the lowest
> administrative expense and follows widely accepted accounting
> practice.
> Why didn’t you just lower taxes instead?
> It would take at least three years to return the money through tax
> rate reductions -- refunding the money through checks is faster and
> easier. In addition, our contract with the Colorado Springs Fire
> Department (CSFD) restricts our ability to change tax rates as they
> receive funding based on our total tax receipts.
> I don’t have a house on my property. Will I get a check?
> Yes, but because the refund amount is based on the relative assessed
> value of your property, your check will be smaller than properties
> with large houses.
> Will this leave WVFPD enough money to operate?
> Yes. WVFPD has retained sufficient funds to continue operations and
> handle moderate emergency issues like building damage.
> Will WVFPD keep its fire station?
> Yes. The WVPFD BOD has decided to keep the fire station for now. We’d
> like a little more time with the CSFD agreement before we give up the
> last viable location for a District fire station.
> What if CSFD or WVPFD wants to cancel the service agreement?
> The WVPFD Board continually monitors the CSFD relationship. We are
> very happy with their performance. Their response times have been less
> than 10 minutes and their yearly cost is less than operating our own
> volunteer department. CSFD Chief Steve Dubay assures us that their
> department is very happy with the relationship and sees no reason why
> CSFD would choose to terminate the contract.
> What if I have more questions?
> If you have questions, please see our refund webpage at
> www.wvfpd.org/refund2014.htm, email us at refund2014 at wvfpd.org, or
> call us at 719-522-9666
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