Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Bellevue voters to decide on fire bond

New station already approved

Express Staff Writer

Bellevue voters will decide Tuesday, Nov. 8, whether to approve a 20-year tax increase to raise $375,000 for the Fire Department. The bond would have to be supported by at least two-thirds of voters to succeed.

The money would be used to buy a new $300,000 "pumper" fire truck, pay $65,000 toward purchase of property and pay for $10,000 in equipment upgrades.

The city recently opted out of recommendations made by a $46,000 south-valley fire department consolidation study paid for by the city of Hailey and the Wood River Fire Protection District. The study concluded that south-valley fire departments should consolidate to save money and increase efficiencies, but Mayor Chris Koch said raising taxes to beef up the Bellevue Fire Department is preferable.

The city last week acquired a new fire station building in downtown Bellevue, signaling a move by the city to go it alone when it comes to fire protection, yet Koch and the council members said the move does not preclude consolidation at some time in the future.

The Fire Department bond would raise taxes $1.40 per month per $100,000 of valuation for Bellevue property owners.

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