CORRECTION BUDGET HEARING: $150,000 Added to Paving; Old 14th St. West Fire Station Proposed for Fire Museum

by Tony Rutherford HuntingtonNews.Net Reporter

During the early portion of the Saturday morning budget hearing, Huntington City Council approved allocation of a projected increase in property tax collections. An estimated $150,000 will be gained in revenue, which council voted to allocate for street paving.

Council Finance Director Steve Williams cautioned that last year “we dug ourselves into a hole,” related to a decision to not make cuts in the Police Department.

In addition, the administration has proposed leasing out the historic 14th Street W. fire station to a historic preservation group. The privately funded organization would restore the station that was build in the last 1800’s and become a fire museum.

Mayor Wolfe said, preliminary discussions have been held. “We are excited … it would be a tourist attraction and [compliment] the antiques and rail museum [at 14th Street West].”

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