The Somersworth City Council is facing decisions around the soaring cost to build the new fire station, reports Foster’s Daily Democrat.
The planned station is to replace the 8,100-square-foot fire station, built in 1976. The city originally authorized a $7.7 million bond to finance the fire station, but now city officials say the cost has since gone up to $9 million.
The Fire Station Building Committee looked to make almost $500,000 in cuts to reduce the cost of the design by removing the training tower and using more cost-effective materials, lowering the cost of the project to $6,490,977.
The city hopes to address the $1.3 million difference with a combination of federal grants and city funds rather than adding the full amount to the amount of money it had planned to bond.