Boise voters will decide $16.9M bond measure for public safety

BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) - The city wants millions of dollars for public safety projects, including upgrading or replacing four fire stations.

The station at 16th Street would be rebuilt if voters give the projects the green light. It is "Boise's oldest and most outdated station" even though it gets more calls than any other station in Idaho, the city says.

Boise voters will decide the $16.9 million bond measure on Tuesday.

The station on Sycamore Drive "does not meet building safety requirements," according to a presentation from the city. The document goes on to say it "lacks the fire suppression equipment and an alarm system required by city code."

"I would think that the fire department would be the first... to be on top of code," said Ryan Wheeler, who lives a block away from Fire Station 9. "I don't understand why they're not up (to code)."

The upgrades to that fire station total $1.2 million.

In all, two fire stations would be rebuilt, one would be relocated and another would be remodeled if voters approve the measure. A new $6.8 million fire training facility would also be constructed.

The city estimates the bond package would cost the average homeowner a little more than $6 per year. It will take two-thirds of voters to pass the bond.