Kittitas County to Put Bond for new Fire Station on April Ballot
The Board of Fire Commissioners for Kittitas County Fire District 2 says it will ask voters to approve a bond in the Special Election in April.
ELLENSBURG, WA - The Board of Fire Commissioners for Kittitas County Fire District 2 says it will ask voters to approve a bond in the Special Election in April.
On Friday, the board passed a resolution to put the bond up for a vote on April 22nd that would pay to build a fire station.
Commissioners say the final cost estimates are $6.7 million to build the station on property the fire station owns along East Mountain View Avenue.
The property was home to the Mackner Scales business for many years, and redevelopment of the site would put this land back to community use.
Building a fire station is the next step in a long-term plan by Kittitas Valley Fire and Rescue and the City of Ellensburg to improve emergency services for the community. This would enable the fire district to vacate the property it currently leases from the City of Ellensburg, which needs the space for its police department. Both the fire and police stations then would be strategically located to respond to a majority of emergency calls each agency receives.
"The timing is right to build our own fire station," said Fire Chief John Sinclair. "The property is in an ideal location for our emergency operations. Our lease will be up by the time construction is complete, and bond financing rates are at historic lows."
The bond amount has been reduced twice, first from $12.6 for two stations to $8 million for one station after members of the Citizens Advisory Group expressed concern about the cost. The fire district was able to reduce costs further to $6.7 million through its final estimating process. If the bond is approved by voters, an owner of a $200,000 home could expect to pay 20 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation, (approximately $40.08 per year or $3.34 per month) over a 20 year period.