According to a report from the Topeka-Capital Journal, the Topeka (KS) Fire Commission officially released its recommendations and will suggest to the town’s governing body to construct a new fire station. However, they did not recommend any ways to fund the station, which would cost around $6-$8 million.
City Manager Brent Trout said that the completion of any new station would be about six years away from construction in District 9. He continued to say that, to fund a new station, the city would have to rework its budget, raise the mill levy, or increase sales tax. However, he also said the civilian and councilmember commission shouldn’t make that decision.
Tax increases were not accepted by all council members, with Cristina Valdivia-Alcalá saying she would support an increase as a last resort, while Councilman Mike Lesser said he would not.
Topeka Fire Department Chief Craig Duke said some stations are outdated and need repairs, which are known to most involved.