Voters in Montrose will be able to decide on whether they want to increase their fire and safety protection. Referendum 4A on the November ballot poses a mill levy tax increase of 3.45%. The money would go to build a new fire and rescue station, as well as hiring ten more fire fighters.
The federal standard for response time in an emergency situation is five to eight minutes. Fire officials say they're concerned that with all of the growth in Montrose response time can not always be met and that puts lives in danger. Supporters of the referendum say that adding another fire station may help that problem.
This referendum has faced Montrose voters 3 times in earlier elections and has failed all three.
The Concerned Citizens Committee, which has been working on this referendum, says they have made a lot of changes and hope it will pass this year.
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