The Board of Fire Commissioners for Kittitas County Fire District 2 will vote on a resolution to place a bond for a fire station on the April 22nd Special Election ballot. The meeting will take place on Thursday, February 13th at 7:00 PM at 102 North Pearl Street in Ellensburg. The public is invited to attend and comment on the proposal.
Securing financing to build 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.
Kittitas Valley Fire and Rescue initially proposed building two fire stations for $12.6 million; however, the fire district’s Citizen Advisory Group expressed concern over the amount. The Board of Fire Commissioners scaled back the proposal to one station and estimated the project at $8 million. Final cost estimates came in at $6.7 million, which would be financed through a bond. The cost to an owner of a $200,000 home would be approximately 20 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation (approximately $40.08 per year or $3.34 per month) over a 20 year period.
The fire district purchased land for a station on East Mountain View Avenue, which was home to the Mackner Scales business for many years. A grant is expected to pay for the environmental cleanup of the site, and bond financing rates to fund construction of a new station are at historic lows.
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