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North Bend council approves $5 million fire station bond for February ballot

City Council members gave unanimous support to bringing a $5 million bond issue before voters at its Dec. 7 meeting. The bond, to build a new, shared fire station with Eastside Fire & Rescues's District 38, will be on the Feb. 8 ballot.

Council member Dee Williamson noted that the existing fire station in North Bend has been found unstable and is expected to collapse in an earthquake the size of the 2001 Nisqually quake, "which was nothing," he said. "In my opinion, this is a must.

North Bend's share of the project cost will be about 43 percent, if the bond is approved by voters. The cost impact to North Bend property owners will be about 19 cents per $1,000 of valuation, or about $76 a year in increased taxes on a $400,000 home.

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