North Londonderry Township supervisors have voted to fund the new Palmyra fire station, and Palmyra Borough Council is expected to vote on the measure Tuesday night.
The estimated $4.6 million cost for the new Citizens Fire Company station will be split 50/50 between the two municipalities, said Gordon Watts, North Londonderry Township manager.
Citizen’s is the primary fire service provider for both the township and borough.
The financing will be through a 30-year loan, and the new station will be built on the municipal campus on South Railroad Street. The fire company is hoping to raise $375,000 in a capital campaign for the new building.
The fire company has been trying to build a new station since at least 1996 to replace its current quarters in the first block of North College Street. The current site is too small and in need of repair, and has no room for expansion, fire officials have said.
Citizens Fire Company’s 35 firefighters answer about 700 calls per year, Chief Dave Dugan has said.
In North Londonderry Township, the real estate tax will increase 0.1590 mills to fund the fire house, Watts said, which will cost an average property owner $33.29 per year. In Palmyra, the cost to residents has been estimated at $48 per year.
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