Residents of Jonesville Could Lose Fire Station
On April 1st, residents of Jonesville could be without some emergency services if Alachua County doesn't adopt a proposed fire assessment fee to keep the town's fire station open.
The Department of Public Safety is requesting the fee to help offset a $400,000 shortfall. Chief Ed Bailey is asking the county to fill in the gap by April 1st or nine county firefighters will lose their jobs. Response times would be longer as a result.
"It's just the standard is gone, the service level that they've been given really is reduced and consequently what happens is that the units that are at other stations that are still staffed will now start responding to those calls which are farther away," says Bailey.
County commissioners will hold a special meeting Tuesday at 1:3-pm to discuss the future of the station.
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