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More firefighters, Pay to shoot at the rifle range, a little bit of street maintenance and a 5-cent/gallon diesel tax

Saying that the Carson City Fire Department hasn’t added any firefighters in the last ten years while calls for service have risen 50%, the Fire Department got the approval from the Board of Supervisors Thursday to apply for a grant to hire NINE additional firefighters.  If the city gets the grant the new fire fighters could be ready for action in late spring.  And the frosting on the cake is that the federal government will be paying those fire fighters’ salaries for three years.  One variable that sped up the process for the grant application was the emergence of the Covid-19 virus that is still pounding the country and the rest of the world – and of course the U.S.’s slow reaction to the quick spread of the pandemic.  The total number of virus deaths in the U.S. are soon to top 100,000 souls and will certainly continue to climb based on how fast the U.S increases medical treatment and the availability of a vaccine.  There are said to be at least 15 varieties of Covid-19 vaccines being developed around the world – some even about to go into experimental trials.

The Supervisors added a 5-cent per gallon tax on diesel fuel within the city.  It’s no secret that street conditions in various parts of Carson City are nothing to write home about. The $400,000 that the new tax will raise will be added to the city’s already existing street maintenance fund.  The new tax will take effect this coming August 1st and expire the last day of 2022.

The Supervisors also passed a requirement that all users of the Carson Rifle and Pistol Range pay a fee to use the range.  All revenue will be turned back around to better maintain and improve the range along with better management.  The new admission rates to the range will take effect July 1st of this year.  A use rate has not yet been determined.

And finally, Carson City is going to be receiving funds to ensure that JAC bus service keeps humming right along.  The federal government has chipped in several million dollars to make sure those who need to get around town during this pandemic will get there. The grant will cover JAC’s preventative maintenance, critical security and capital improvements of JAC facilities.

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