Levelland to get new fire station

Levelland will get a new fire station.

The city council agreed to that idea Monday and took steps to start the process of building a facility that will cost more than $3 million.

City Manager Rick Osburn told the council that itís time for the city to move forward on the issue.

‘We’ve talked about this a number of times in recent months,’ Osburn said. ‘We’re ready to move forward.’

He said he is recommending that it be paid for by using fund balances.

Osburn said the cityís property values are down slightly this year, adding that Levelland continues to enjoy healthy sales tax collections.

The city could fund a $3 million bond issue but the annual debt service could be about $210,000.

However, Levelland could still take more than $3 million from the general and enterprise funds balances and still have at least 25 percent left in reserves for the current year.

Osburn said a balance of 25 percent or more is considered healthy for cities.

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