On the same night that the City Council discussed 2013 capital expansion fees, it also discussed the City’s long-term strategy for increasing the service capability of the fire department. The department wants to add 24 firefighters, three support employees, build a new fire station and buy land for another. However, that plan is dependent on voters in the Loveland Rural Fire Protection District. If voters do not approve a 2.9 mill property tax increase, Fire Chief Randy Mirowski said services in the City and rural areas will suffer and a new station planned near the Big Thompson Elementary School would be pushed back at least 10 years. Note: Last year voters in the Rural District turned down a similar ballot proposal. In spite of this history, supporters have not made a concerted effort to educate rural voters and the measure’s chance of passing seems remote.