Now is the time to build
There will be another requested bond measure for a new fire station for the residents of Tri City on the May ballot. Last November the $2.5 million measure was voted down, probably for several reasons. The main reasons were the weak economy coupled with the proposed tax for $1 per thousand added to our property tax bill.
This election will offer a scaled down project with an overall cost of $1.233 million, an addition of 63 cents per $1,000 on our property tax. The revised plan will still be able to meet the needs of a new fire hall and disaster center well into the future. The previously planned Community Center and required parking for the Center will be set aside. Once the new hall is operational, the old building will be sold and all funds will be used to defray the overall cost of the project.
Our existing fire hall was assembled in the 1950s as a military-style Quonset hut. In the 1970s, the community and volunteers remodeled the building into its present configuration. Since that time, the population of Tri City has more than doubled and the equipment necessary to provide adequate fire protection has increased to the point where our fire hall is simply bursting at the seams.
The question we’re faced with isn’t one of need, we certainly need it, it’s cost. Costs will never be lower than they are right now, with contractors struggling to find work and the interest rate is the lowest it’s been in many years. If we don’t build now, the costs will escalate. Tri City has always taken care of its own and the volunteers who make up our fire department are asking for your help this time.