Middlebury voters approved a $250,000 bond to move ahead and rebuild fire stations on Seymour Street downtown and Route 125 in East Middlebury.
Middlebury voters approved a $250,000 bond to move ahead and rebuild fire stations on Seymour Street and Route 125 in East Middlebury.
The Sept. 27 vote did not end the multi-stage process. Another vote, a $4.6 million bond on both stations, will be up for vote in March 2012 as well.
“I would like to thank the town’s people for their support,” said Middlebury Fire Chief Rick Cole. “To be able to have a facility that the trucks fit in properly, with mirrors in proper traffic position ,and buildings that are much more energy efficient will be great. Demand on the fire department increases every year. We are looking forward to having space to be able to meet that need.”
Middlebury Town Manager Bill Finger said the fire station bond would increase Middlebury property taxes $19 per $100,000 until 2014. But by 2014, local property taxes would jump to $57 per $100,000 in assessed value. By 2033, the added tax would slide down tot $28 per $100,000 in assessed value.
Lack of space at the downtown station and technical problems at the East Middlebury substation prompted the move to reengineer both stations by Bread Loaf Corp. of Middlebury.