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El Paso County emergency response times could shorten

Monday morning, El Paso County Commissioners are expected to decide if they will pull out a $3 million loan to build another fire station in the area.

There’s been a population increase in the Horizon City area and the county’s Emergency Service District (ESD) wants to speed up emergency response times in that area. Monday morning, El Paso County Commissioners are expected to decide if they will pull out a $3 million loan to build another fire station in the area.

The ESD serves about 48,000 citizens in the Horizon City area, and the current Horizon Fire Department is located near Horizon Boulevard and Darrington Road.

The proposal shows the second station being built just east of Loop 375 near Eastlake and Mission Ridge.

If approved, the two stations would each cover a 5-mile diameter.

The proposal suggests that the county pay back the $3 million loan over the course of 19 years, with 3.85 percent interest.

The proposal says building the second station would speed up response times and reduce fire insurance fees for home and business owners.

The county’s agenda says that this morning, they’ll decide to approve taking out the loan. If that happens, the second station will be built in June 2019.

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