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Brookside hoping to pass fire levy on Nov. 2

The Brookside municipal building and Brookside Volunteer Fire Department are located along National Road. A fire levy will appear on the Nov. 2 ballot that, if passed, will allow the village to construct a new joint facility.

BROOKSIDE — Brookside officials are hoping to pass a fire levy that will help them generate the funds needed to construct a new firehouse and municipal building to replace the current joint facility.

Mayor Rich Kurner said the 3-mill levy will appear on the Nov. 2 ballot. He said village leaders are planning to hold a public meeting amid a craft show set for Sept. 11 at the St. Paul Lutheran Church. During this meeting, Fire Chief Allan Ketzell will present information regarding the levy and what it will mean for village residents, Kurner said.

“We’re going to have an open house, and we want to get public input on the levy. There will be charts on how much it will increase everybody’s taxes per year so everyone can see what the costs will be,” the mayor said.

The funding will aid the village in constructing a new facility for both entities on another village-owned property, located on the corner of Patterson and National roads. Kurner said their main concern is to move the facility out of the floodplain area where it currently resides.

The project has been in the works for years; however, the village has lacked the appropriate funds to proceed with the plans.

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