Fire department gets go-ahead for new station in Tolono

Fire department gets go-ahead for new station in Tolono

TOLONO — The village board took no official action Tuesday but gave the fire department a verbal "go-ahead" to apply for financing for a new fire station on the town's east side.

In a straw poll, trustees voted 3-2 to approve the Tolono Fire Protection District's application for tax-increment-financing revenue.

Trustees Kent Plackett and Mike Golish cast the opposing votes, and Trustee Beth Erwin was absent.

Golish said he was against the village bonding to support the project, and Plackett said in 2010, the village gave the department $50,000 in TIF funds to buy a Linden Street building to replace the west-side station. The department has lost an estimated $847,000 in tax revenue since the creation of the village's TIF district in 2002.

Trustee Greg Kingston pointed out that the village currently has only about $468,000 in its TIF account but said he would support giving the fire department $847,000 of the $1.1 million cost of the new building.

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