BCFD #1’s $3 million bond to renovate stations passing

BCFD #1’s $3 million bond to renovate stations passing

Benton Co. Fire District #1’s $3 million bond on this year’s ballot is passing.

The bond will go towards renovating the Badger Canyon station to include living quarters so it can be staffed 24/7. It would also go towards the replacement of a fire ladder truck at the Finley station.

Fire Chief Lonnie Click said renovations to the Badger Canyon station could potentially improve the district’s insurance rating, thus potentially lowering premium rates for residences. Response times will see reductions anywhere between four to seven minutes.

Over the course of 20 years, residents would be taxed $0.10 per every $1,000 of assessed property value.

The bond requires a 60% majority plus one additional vote to pass. It failed earlier this year in August, only managing to get around 52% approval. However, in the latest update, the bond has a 61% approval rate.

“We thought we really weren’t getting the real message across on what it was about and why we needed the money,” Click said. “It will improve the service and reduce the response times and things like that.

The bond will not officially pass until the certification date on Nov. 26.