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Measure seeking consolidation of fire services passed by Indiana House

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Feb. 3, 2014

  

STATEHOUSE - In order to bring resolution to a 20-year dispute over the consolidation of Indianapolis fire services, State Rep. Dan Forestal (D-Indianapolis) has coauthored a bill to allow the mayor and city-county council to decide whether to finish the process.

The Indiana House passed House Bill 1229 today in an effort to bring closure to the fire protection consolidation process in Marion County.

Currently, six of Indianapolis’s nine townships have been consolidated into one general city fire department.

“This bill will allow the mayor with the city-county council to decide whether or not they want to finish consolidating the remaining three township fire departments,” said Forestal.

In every other city in the state of Indiana, the mayor has jurisdiction over the fire protection within the city limits.

“This bill is absolutely necessary,” said Forestal. “As an Indianapolis firefighter, I work with firefighters from the other townships every day and the overwhelming majority want a resolution to this issue and would like to end it as Indianapolis fire fighters.

Forestal believes this bill will be good from a taxpayer standpoint as well, pointing out that the taxes for the three remaining townships are projected to drop once the city assumes the remaining fire protection responsibility.

“It’s time to put this issue behind us once and for all,” said Forestal. “This is good for Indianapolis and good for the taxpayers.”

The bill now moves to the Senate for further action.

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