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first_imgVancouver voters will likely be asked to approve a bond measure to fix its seismically unsound and aging fire stations early next year.Three of Vancouver’s 10 fire stations are more than 50 years old, and several have a 1-in-25 chance of collapsing in a 7.0 magnitude earthquake. Estimates show that station improvements could cost anywhere from $11.5 million to $27 million.Vancouver City Manager Eric Holmes said Tuesday that the city is beginning to craft the details of a bond measure in hopes of being prepared for a vote in February or April 2012. The Vancouver City Council will have to give final approval before the measure is placed on a ballot.“It’s an indisputable need, and it is one that is bricks and mortar that we can deliver on,” Holmes said.Also inching closer to reality is a proposed council-enacted $20 license fee to pay for new road construction, which has all but petered out as the city’s run out of money for such projects.Both revenue options are far from certain, but city council members said they’d like to hear more during an all-day budget meeting last Friday. Details on both the car license fee — which would require the city to draft a list of what projects the fee would pay for — and what improvements a fire capital bond would make will both be available by the end of the year, Holmes said.Though Vancouver would be wading into a most-likely still bad economy and following on the heels of C-Tran’s November sales tax vote by putting a bond on the ballot in spring 2012, Mayor Tim Leavitt said he’s not concerned voters will feel tapped out.last_img read more