The present firehouse, housed at Maplewood City Hall, was built in 1962 and by today’s standard is too small and functionally obsolete. The firehouse was not designed to accommodate modern emergency response vehicles and equipment. A lack of space and outdated functional design has led to purchasing equipment and vehicles that fit within the limited space available while also trying to find balance with modern emergency response needs. Since 1962, the Fire Department’s staffing levels have expanded to offer the community a higher level of emergency services, including paramedics, and the level of services is impeded by the rigid building structure that cannot be retrofitted to accommodate the expansion of services. Our firefighters serve 48 hour shifts and the existing building doesn’t provide for sleeping quarters or restroom facilities for female firefighters/paramedics.
The City of Maplewood owns the property just to the west of City Hall (formerly a used car lot) and it would serve well as the site for the new firehouse. The bond issue on the ballot, if approved, would authorize the City of Maplewood to issue $6,000,000 in General Revenue bonds to pay the majority of costs for the construction of the new firehouse.
Maplewood’s taxes have been lowered over the last few years. This bond issue, if approved, would result in a 28¢ property tax increase which equals a $53 property tax increase for each $100,000 of assessed valuation. If this bond issue is approved, your property tax rate, with the increase, would be exactly the same as it was in 2003.
We are offering you an opportunity to see the firehouse for yourself every Wednesday evening from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., for other times please call 314-646-3666 and arrange a tour. We are confident that once you observe the current conditions, you will understand the need for a new facility to serve the community. Please call 314-646-3666 and arrange a tour.