Hyannis Resident Seeks To Block Fire Station Vote

Hyannis Fire Station.

Hyannis Fire Station.

HYANNIS – A Hyannis resident has filed a temporary injunction in federal court in hopes of stopping the Hyannis Fire District from holding a district vote on October 25 on a new fire station.

“We would like this vote to be placed on hold, because we feel it is a waste of the voters’ time and certainly a waste of our valuable tax dollars as well,” said John Julius, who has been speaking against the high cost of the station.

John Julius gave fire officials until noon on Monday to meet with him and when he didn’t hear from them, he filed the injunction.

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Julius says the district shouldn’t have a vote on the fire station when he has a federal court hearing protesting the vote scheduled for November 12. He would like the fire station vote to be delayed until after that hearing.

“If in fact the judge rules in our favor on November 12 or any time thereafter then the vote on the fire station could be all a moot point and in the wastebasket,” Julius said.

Julius said he sent an email last month to the fire district’s attorneys about the injunction and deadline. The federal case is over the question of whether the fire district has violated the state’s laws on Proposition 2 1/2 by raising the taxes of district voters above 2 1/2 percent to build the new fire station.

District leaders say they are not subject to Proposition 2 1/2 because they are not a municipal entity.

Julius said his goal is to bring the price tag of the new fire station way down.

“It may be a renovation but they’ll have a very handsome $8 or $9 million dollar renovation. They do not need a $21 million dollar fire station that going to raise everyone’s district taxes up over 27 percent.