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The Sedona Fire District has taken the first step to determine if a bond is the route to take to cover the costs of needed improvements, including replacing two fire stations.

During the Wednesday, Feb. 15, SFD Governing Board meeting, members of the Citizens’ Advisory Committee will be introduced and the board will strategy. The meeting begins at 4:30 p.m. at Station 1 in West Sedona but the item is scheduled toward the end of the agenda.


“By creating a committee, we are taking the first steps needed to determine the true needs of the district as it relates to infrastructure and capital projects,” Chief Kris Kazian said last month. “This is the first step in determining the potential financial challenges and developing a plan for how we may decide to pay for those needs.”

Now that the committee members have been chosen, they are scheduled to meet several times with their findings back to the board by its June meeting.

A SFD report states that staff is seeking to allocate $25,000 from contingency to fund the necessary work to get cost estimates for the purpose of bond total. If it’s determined a bond if needed, it will appear on the November ballot.

“At this time, it is not certain what the costs would be, but this should be a good start to get things going,” the report states. “We will need to work with an architect to determine feasibility of options as it relates to station concepts, renovations to existing facilities, any other studies that may need to be undertaken to get a best estimate of costs. This process will need to begin as soon as possible to best be able to get a further understanding of the true estimated costs the committee will be considering.”

The committee, which will be headed by SFD Governing Board member Tim Ernster, will be announced at the meeting.

“This committee process will be very time consuming but certainly educational for all who participate,” the report states. “This is a major undertaking that will require all personnel and citizens of the community to understand the complexities of fire district funding, the need for long-range planning and the concept of intergenerational funding — versus past funding thoughts of save up for what you need to buy and pay cash for the item.”

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