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Fire house OK'd

The final vote tally from Sunnyside's $5.3 million bond measure was overwhelmingly in favor of the proposal that will build a new fire station for the city.

Returns as of Tuesday night showed the measure passing with 62 percent of voters approving. A 60 percent supermajority is needed for passage.

The remaining votes counted yesterday were in favor by a more than two-to-one margin, 84-34, for a final count of 63 percent in favor (670 yes votes) to 37 percent against (392 no votes).

The election will be certified April 27, and Sunnyside Fire Chief Aaron Markham said construction on the new station - more than double the size of the current facility - will start this fall. Some of the funds will also be used to purchase a ladder truck.

Sunnyside taxpayers are currently paying 66 cents per $1,000 of assessed property valuation in previous debt incurred by the fire department.

With the new 20-year bond approved this week, taxpayers will pay on both the new and previous debts for just two years, an estimated $1.07 per $1,000 of their assessed property value.

Over the subsequent 18 years, taxpayers can expect to pay approximately 70ยข per $1,000 of assessed property valuation.

Markham says the move to a 20-year bond, instead of a 25-year bond, will save the city approximately $1 million in interest.

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