Six months after voters said no to a new Halfmoon-Waterford firehouse, they have changed their mind.
Voters approved the new fire station on Tuesday night. A narrow margin of 494 votes were in favor, while 461 were against the station.
In November, the plan to replace the 60-year-old fire house came with a price tag of $12.3 million. Almost 700 people cast their ballots and the deal failed by just 54 votes.
This time, they are cutting nearly $1.4 million out of the budget by nixing a community room and reducing office and kitchen space in the new plan.
Some residents opposed the project out of concern for property tax hikes. Proponents say the new plan has reduced the tax burden by 24 percent and believe the cost is a small price to pay to ensure the safety of the community's firefighters.
“If you really want to put it in layman's terms, for less than a price of a cup of coffee a week, we would have a new modern efficient fire station that will improve the safety of not only the firefighters, but certainly of the resident,” said Halfmoon-Waterford Fire Commissioner John D’Alessandro.
Others still worry the cost of the project will have a profound effect on taxpayers.
"Unfortunately, this is a huge expense to the taxpayers. There's gonna be some people who will have to move or give up other things in their lifestyle to meet this huge tax burden," said resident Kelly Champange.
The new facility is to be built on the adjacent baseball field just off Middletown Road.