Today Fire Station 83 in Maple Valley sits closed with the only signs of life being a sign on the window.
With the fire engine and aid car sitting idol in the dark, the fire department tells KIRO 7 News it was forced to close the fire station Tuesday because there’s no money.
According to KIRO 7 News, minimum staffing at Maple Valley Fire used to be 10 firefighters for 55 square miles. However, to cut cost it is now seven firefighters for 55 square miles.
KIRO 7 News reports the Maple Valley Fire Department has been suffering financial woes since 2008. Several levies failed, they’re a million dollars over budget and are operating on reserve funds
The fire department had hoped voters would approve more funding in the Aug. 1 election, but those hopes were extinguished when only 44 percent of voters approved the measure.
The ballot measure, reports KIRO 7 News, called for homeowners to spend $8-$12 per month in a “fire benefit charge,” says Maple Valley Fire Chief Aaron Tyerman.
The amount each homeowner would pay was based on the square footage of their home, the amount of property the fire department would fight to protect.
KIRO 7 News reports officials will decide to open Station 83 on a day-to-day basis pending staffing numbers.
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