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New revenues will cover cost of firehouse repairs

An updated tax revenue estimate from the county Property Appraiser's Office has boosted the Spring Hill Fire Rescue District's income this year by another $115,545, and fire commissioners know just how to spend it. They intend to use the bulk of the newly found money to renovate a dilapidated firehouse.

The new revenue figures mean the fire district's budget for 2003-04 will grow to more than $9.2-million, according to fire Chief J.J. Morrison. That represents a 13{ percent increase from the current budget year.

Fire commissioners granted Morrison permission Monday to use $75,000 of the additional money for renovations at Station 3, located at Spring Hill Drive and Whitewood Avenue in the far eastern end of the fire district.

Morrison said that firehouse has a leaky roof and problems with its metal siding that must be remedied. But it also has design issues _ a lack of a front door, limited office space and dormitory areas for firefighters _ that will also be addressed.

Aside from the Station 3 renovations, about $30,000 of the additional revenue will be placed in the district's cash reserves.

Smaller renovations, such as firefighter lockers at Station 3 and Station 4 (on Mariner Boulevard), will consume the remainder of the new money.

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