Mare Island fire station closing

June 30, 2009 12:16:14 PM PDT
Vallejo will close Fire Station 28 on Mare Island at 8 a.m. Wednesday because of city budget deficits, Vallejo Fire Department spokesman William Tweedy said Monday.

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It's the third fire station to close since March of 2008, Tweedy said. The nine firefighters from Station 28 at 986 Nimitz Ave. will be distributed to the remaining five open fire stations, Tweedy said.

Eighteen firefighters from stations at 700 5th St. and 1585 Ascot Court that closed last year also were distributed to other fire stations, Tweedy said.

The nearest fire station to Mare Island, Station 21, is 2.1 miles away, Tweedy said.

The latest closure means Vallejo will have 18 firefighters instead of 21 on duty per day at the remaining five stations, Tweedy said.

"We redid the whole department," Tweedy said.

The Vallejo City Council approved the proposed $250 million budget Tuesday night. The general fund portion of the budget is $65.7 million.

The revised budget for the fire department in the Mare Island Community Facilities District is $1.5 million. The full services fire department budget would have been $2.6 million.

The revised budget for police services on Mare Island is $735,000.

The full services budget for police would have been $1.2 million.

The revised budget for the Mare Island Community Services District is $4.1 million, nearly $2 million less than the district's full services budget.

Robert F.D. Adams, Interim Vallejo City Manager, and Robert V. Stout, Finance Director, told the Vallejo City Council Tuesday that general fund revenue dropped from $83 million two years ago to a projected $65 million for the 2009-2010 fiscal year.

The upcoming year's budget reflects the reduction of 49 positions since last year and a rollback of employee salaries and benefits, Stout and Adams said.

"Our ability to deliver basic municipal services to the community will be significantly diminished with this budget," the two city officials said.

The 2009-2010 budget anticipates the state will take $2.5 million of property taxes from the city and $1.5 million from the city's gas tax budget fund to help balance the state budget, Stout and Adams said in their budget memo to the council.

If state and federal funds become available, Vallejo will restore sworn officers to the police department and the general fund contingency reserve, Stout and Adams said.

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