Colorado Metro Board approves marijuana excise tax funding to build new fire station

  • Source: The Pueblo Chieftain
  • Published: 04/01/2019 12:00 AM

The design plans for a new fire station and a new state law that could fund its construction were the focus of the Pueblo West Metro District board meeting Tuesday. Because the fire department was unsuccessful in obtaining a $100,000 Colorado Department of Local Affairs grant that would have helped fund design and engineering costs for the fire district’s station two, Pueblo West Fire Chief Brian Caserta requested the board allow the use of up to $90,000 of the excise tax funds from marijuana sales tax to help fund an $180,000 design plan. The district already has a main fire station and Fire Station Three and is planning for a smaller Fire Station Two at the corner of West McCulloch South and Industrial. It would be staffed by four firefighters, Caserta said. “I don’t want to see this drop off the radar. We are really going to push the deadline of the end of the year to narrow down the cost of construction,” Caserta said.


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