Why is a new fire station needed?
The new facility will have a tremendous impact on service to the neighborhoods from a 21st century fire station/public service facility that provides a proper work environment for assigned firefighters and public safety officers, while benefiting citizens and customers alike.
An independent, comprehensive third-party assessment in 2014 by Redstone Architects lists numerous structural, mechanical and operational issues that deem Central Fire Station functionally obsolete and inefficient. Some issues include chronically leaking roofs and related persistent secondary structural damage, significant rust damage to metal window framing and walls, narrow apparatus bays, poor energy efficiency, lack of accommodations for female staff, etc.
The new station will provide up-to-date life-saving and safety features, and benefit the community in the additional following ways:
IMPROVE RESPONSE CAPABILITY
Current station inferior in design leading to inadequate functional features.
Improved emergency response communication with modern technology methods.
Improved emergency preparedness for call response.
Operate as the City of Monroe Emergency Operations Center.
EXPAND TRAINING AND PROGRAMS
Expanding fire department programs including training requires increased spatial needs.
Modern classroom space will accommodate larger groups.
New programs to promote community awareness of fire safety and first-aid issues.
ENHANCE COMMUNITY OUTREACH
Training Room/ Classroom space for various types of public training programs.
The presence of a fire station adds security to the neighborhood and piece-of-mind stability and comfort to citizens.
Access to 24 hour staffing available to respond 365 days a year.
Law enforcement personnel will utilize the fire station, which adds to security and quick response.
INCREASE OPERATIONAL EFFECTIVENESS
Improved staff workspace and living space conditions.
Safer apparatus access and maneuverability, storage and other support spaces.
How much will a new station cost?
This 0.47, 20-year millage would cost approximately $23.50 per year for the average homeowner in Monroe who owns a home with a market value of $100,000.
Below are the costs for varying property values:
Property Taxable Millage Millage
Value Value Rate Cost
$50,000 $25,000 0.47 $12
$75,000 $37,500 0.47 $18
$100,000 $50,000 0.47 $24
$150,000 $75,000 0.47 $35
$200,000 $100,000 0.47 $47
$250,000 $125,000 0.47 $59
$300,000 $150,000 0.47 $71
Estimated cost of a new structure is $6.1 million - an amount that exceeds the city's current capacity to finance through general fund allocations.