Council to discuss fire station, franchise fees

May 27, 2009

By Gregg Hennigan

IOWA CITY – The long-discussed, long-delayed fourth fire station and new franchise fees will be among the highlights of the council’s Thursday night budget meeting.

The council on Tuesday night began discussing specific services to cut and possible new revenue sources as it looks to cut $250,000 from the budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1, plus another $750,000 in the following year and beyond.

Those figures do not include staffing a new fire station, which would require an additional $750,000.

The Gazette’s story of the Tuesday meeting can be seen here. A copy of a city memo listing recommendations can be seen at the end of this post.

Toward the end of the meeting, which lasted until nearly 10 p.m., council members said they would decide on the fire station on Thursday.

This council has taken a lot of flak for first promising that they’d finally pay to staff the proposed fourth fire station, and then later removing the funding and making it a part of the “priority-setting process” the council currently is undertaking.

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