The Star Fire District is asking voters to consider a $4 million bond to purchase and equip a new fire station and fire district headquarters to keep up with the growth of the district.
Star Fire Station No. 1, at 10831 W. State St., was built in 1985 to house one volunteer firefighter. Today the station houses 12 full-time firefighters and needs upgrades in order to “maintain the current demand for fire and EMS services,” Star Fire District Chief Greg Timinsky said.
The district has the opportunity to purchase a 37,000-square foot building at 11665 W. State St. that can accommodate the firefighters and will meet the estimated need for the next 20 to 30 years, Timinsky said. The total estimated cost of the facility, including a remodel, is $93 per square foot, he said.
The district serves more than 15,000 residents of Star and surrounding areas. Star is expected to reach a population of 30,000 by 2040.
The bond proposal is $4 million for 30 years. The district’s tax levy rate would be $11.42 per $100,000 of taxable property value. A bond approval requires a two-thirds majority to pass.