Bozeman (MT) Firefighters Seek Voter Approval for New Station

Bozeman Fire Department Photo

Bozeman (MT) firefighters will ask voters to approve a $6.7 million bond to build a new fire station on the Montana State University campus in November, according to a report published by the Bozeman Daily Chronicle.

The newspaper reported the fire department has out grown Station 2, built in 1974, and apparatus has to be stored outside or in rented facilities in the winter. Additionally, because of growth in the community, it is now further away from most of its response area and it has to negotiate heavy traffic to respond to calls, the paper reported.

Voters will decide by ballots which will be sent out on Oct. 13, the paper reported, adding that the station bond would cost the owner of a home with an assessed value of $364,000 $18.83 a year.

If voters approve the measure, the city will sign a lease with the university for the land and start designing the new station with a plan to select a contractor by spring, the paper reported.

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