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Palmer Lake considers asking voters to approve funding to keep fire department

Posted at 9:55 PM, Jul 17, 2019

PALMER LAKE — The future of the Palmer Lake Fire Department was the focus of a special meeting Wednesday night. There was a packed house at Town Hall, as town leaders discussed several options to keep the department running. Funding has been the major road block in recent years.

One option that was taken off the table Wednesday night was a merger with nearby fire departments. Other funding options, like a possible tax increase or bond issue, are still up in the air.

Folks at the meeting told News 5 that they want more transparency in the process.

"It's been a part of the fabric of Palmer Lake since back then and the fire department in Palmer Lake does a lot more than just fight fires. Obviously, they're a part of all the events that happen in the town as well, which is why we all feel it's very important to keep them around, obviously," said resident, Nial Byrne.

The Town Council discussed a ballot question but no details about what the language would look like were brought up. Neither was how much they would be asking voters to pay for upgrades if that was the route the council chose to take.