proposed $14.9 million bond to renovate and expand the Setauket firehouse was approved by voters Tuesday by a margin of 388-192.A
"Our sincere thanks to the community for coming out and supporting your volunteers," a post reads on the department's Facebook page.
The current Setauket firehouse at 190 Main Street has served the community for the past 79 years. However, fire officials have said that since its formation, fire services have undergone drastic changes and the current building is no longer equipped to properly handle the growing demands of the community.
The present structure also compromises the safety of volunteers due to the tight space constraints and other building deficiencies, officials have said.
Under the approved bond, average homeowner in the Setauket Fire District will pay an additional $93.84 a year in taxes, or $7.82 a month.
Previous proposals to expand the firehouse were voted down by the public in 2008 and 2005.