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Voters Say 'No' To Fire Measures

POLK COUNTY -- Three fire measures that would have aided the Dallas Fire Department and the Southwest Polk Rural Fire Protection District were defeated by voters in the Nov. 4 general election.

POLK COUNTY -- Three fire measures that would have aided the Dallas Fire Department and the Southwest Polk Rural Fire Protection District were defeated by voters in the Nov. 4 general election.

Two local option taxes for Southwest Polk Rural Fire Protection District would have built a new station on Salt Creek Road to serve rural residents and provided money to the general fund for district operations. Building the station would have cost voters $1.72 million over 10 years, and the operation levy would have been for $1.2 million over four years.

The measure to build the station, 27-92, lost with 69.5 percent "no" votes. The measure for operational funds, 27-93, failed with more the 71 percent "no" votes.

The Dallas Fire Department's $6.985 million bond would have replaced an old fire engine and two ambulances, remodeled the fire station to make it more energy efficient, and expanded the department's training site.

The city of Dallas fire bond was defeated with 54.5 percent "no" votes.

Dallas City Manager Jerry Wyatt said he will discuss the Dallas fire bond at the next City Council meeting on Monday, Nov. 17, at 7 p.m. There is a possibility that another measure will be placed on the May 2009 ballot with a lower cost.

Wyatt said the remodel of the fire station will be scaled back, but the department still needs a new ambulance, better training facility and a more energy efficient building.

On the May ballot would be items that the station cannot live without in the next five to 10 years, he said.

"There are things we have to have," Wyatt said.

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