In The Hands Of The Voters

The Lincoln Fire Department needs 8-million dollars to expand it's coverage area. In the midst of a budget crunch, city leaders don't have any more money to give. Fire officials say in order to be effective, the first response teams must arrive on the scene no more than 4 minutes after a fire is reported. But in extreme northern and southern parts of the city, that simply isn't possible. A new bond would add about 2-and-a-half percent to Lincoln's property tax, in order to build new stations in those areas. The issue may now lie in the hands of the voters.