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Yes. The funds to be used for the new station are dedicated and not the same funds as operations. The promise to the community was to provide the fire facility, and the dedicated funds will be used for that purpose.
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Station 25 is proposed to be located on State Route (SR) 202 near Parktowne Boulevard to serve the Northern population of our community.
The primary purpose of the new station is to improve response times throughout the City and provide a response that is more geographically situated for the Northern part of our community.
Staffing for the new Station will initially be provided by redistributing existing resources and personnel. Additionally, cross-staffing apparatus and back filling with overtime, when necessary, will be done to make sure all three stations in the City are staffed to adequate levels. As the base economy of the community expands, the new station will provide for the expansion of additional resources.
No. 10.5% of the Fire Division's operations and personnel budget will be reduced ($708,750) which will force the reduction of on-duty personnel. Without today's current staffing levels, and further reductions in service, it is unlikely that we would be able to staff the new fire station.
Yes. Since 2006, a total of $2,703,579 net tax has been collected. $672,709 has been used over those years for Fire capital and operational expenses, leaving $2,030,870 remaining in the fund. Check our Financial Transparency Site for additional details of Fund 431- Fire Capital.
No. Recently City Council Unanimously agreed to authorize the purchase of the land after final due diligence to continue moving forward with the project. It is expected that closing on the land and open bidding for project services will begin in March.