SUNNYSIDE -- The city of Sunnyside is asking voters on the April 17 special election ballot to approve a $5.3 million bond to expand and renovate the downtown fire station.
The measure, which requires a 60 percent supermajority to pass, would pay for new equipment bays, private sleeping quarters, work stations for captains and training space that could be used for community meetings.
The station would roughly double in size, expanding to the south onto city owned property.
City officials have been discussing upgrades to the Eighth Street station, built in 1964, for more than 10 years.
The roof leaks, the garage doors are too small and the walls are not earthquake resistant, according to officials.
Officials projected the bond would mean an extra 18 cents per $1,000 of assessed value the first year, 35 extra cents between 2013-14 and about 70 cents each year after that.