We don’t get the official word from the Boise Police/Fire press office, but other sources within the FD tell the GUARDIAN it looks like the fire station on Chinden will be closed October 1.
The station is owned by North Ada Fire and Rescue, but operated under contract with Boise FD. The station has provided coverage to the heart of Garden City and the Fairview, Curtis, Cole, and Allumbaugh vicinity for years. Response times will increase to those areas which were once served by Boise’s old #6 station at Fairview and Allumbaugh until it was closed to accommodate the Mall.
The once rural NACFR district has suffered financially due to the decline in property values and there is no mechanism to increase the tax levy, forcing closure of the station. In fact, the District doesn’t have the revenues to pay Boise the terms of the annual contract agreement. Boise City meanwhile has increased its annual budget by 3% through increased tax levies to make up for the decline in property values.
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