TRI CITY — Voters turned down the Tri City Rural Fire Protection District’s $3.3 million bond proposal to build a fire hall and community center in the 100 block of South Old Pacific Highway.
Unofficial election results late Tuesday showed the bond failing by 57 percent to 43 percent.
The fire district’s chief, Bruce Stimpson, said this morning he was disappointed by the results.
“I wish it would have went the other way,” he said. “We’ll pick up and try again. That’s all we can do.”
The bond would have cost homeowners $1 per $1,000 of assessed property value over the 25-year life of the bond. The amount would be in addition to the $1.27 per $1,000 district residents pay for fire protection. The tax rate is on the low end among Douglas County fire districts.
The measure received 657 “yes” votes and 861 “no” votes.
Fire district officials have said the existing station, built in 1955 a few hundred yards north of where the new fire hall would be, has outlived its usefulness. Firefighters must dress dangerously close to where trucks leave the station, and the building has little space for training.
The building is poorly insulated and would likely collapse in an earthquake. The new fire station would have had more than 10,000 square feet, more than double the size of the current station, and would have had seven bays.
The proposed community center would have had 5,000 square feet and a capacity of 368 people. The center would include a portable stage, storage areas, a kitchen and restrooms.
The fire district purchased the 2.5-acre parcel across from the Les Schwab Tire Center four years ago, putting $100,000 down on the $270,000 purchase and paying $1,400 a month.