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Ballot question failure will impact Pueblo West fire services

Posted at 8:27 PM, Nov 15, 2019

PUEBLO WEST — The failure of a ballot measure to increase taxes in Pueblo West could impact fire services.

The fire department's ballot measure would have gone toward hiring more firefighters, building a new station, and other fire resources to meet the increased amount of calls the department faces each year.

Chief Brian Caserta said his firefighters are not going to stop serving, but some resident's service calls could take longer.

"One of the bigger issues that we are seeing the fact that we not only get one call but we will get two or three calls at the same time, and only having the ability to respond with two stations on multiple calls really cripples us in the ability to respond to other calls in a reasonable amount of time," Caserta said.

Chief Caserta has plans to put the tax measure back on the ballot next November.