EYOTA, Minn. - Residents of Eyota have a big decision on the table. Next Tuesday, May 8, they will go to the polls to decide whether or not to approve a $1.4-million dollar referendum for the Eyota Fire Hall.
The last time the fire hall was upgraded was in the 1970's. It has increased in size to nearly 30 volunteers over the years. With a growing community, Fire Chief Jeff Peck said they are in need of extra space.
"Over the years the fire service has developed into this notion that if somebody can't do it who do we call, we call the fire department and that's one of the reasons we have to carry so many tools and have so much equipment," explained Chief Peck.
The department currently has six trucks, which the chief said are housed in tight corridors. The proposed referendum would give the department room for more first responder vehicles. Extra space would also give volunteers a chance to train indoors during the winter months. It would also allow them to come back from a fire and take a shower at the station to get off all the cancer causing materials.
If the proposal passes it would affect taxpayers wallets in the following ways:
Homes valued at $150,000 would see an annual tax increase of $111.
Commercial buildings valued at $500,000 would see an annual increase of $812.
Voters won't just see one question on their ballot. City Hall is also looking at a referendum as they tell KIMT they're running out of space. Officials said they are looking at purchasing a vacant church and remodeling it. If the proposal passes it would mean an extra $32 a year for a taxpayer with a $150,000 home.