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Mount Vernon City Council tweaks fire station bond proposal

February 23, 2019

MOUNT VERNON — The Mount Vernon City Council on Wednesday approved a minor change to a $30 million bond proposal that it will put before voters in April.

The bond would fund the construction of a new downtown fire station and improvements on the city’s two other stations.

The change in the proposal dictates that any extra money raised through the bond be put toward upgrades to the city shop, said Doug Volesky, finance director with the city.

“Right now, we don’t have any place to work on fire trucks,” Volesky said. “Even ambulances don’t really fit (in the current shop).”

Though in most cases surplus revenue from a city bond can be used to help fund any capital project, Volesky said the City Council decided in December to put extra revenue only toward paying off the bond.

But because the shop needs improvements to service emergency vehicles, Volesky said the City Council now wishes to put any extra money toward those improvements.

If the bond passes, Mount Vernon property owners will pay 68 cents per $1,000 in assessed property value, which would be about $190 a year for a $279,450 house — the median home value — according to the city.

Voters will decide on the bond in the April 23 special election.