By Antwan Harris
CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -- Chattanooga Fire Chief Randy Parker says he will have further discussions with Mayor Ron Littlefield after talks of closing the Eastdale fire house surfaced during budget discussions Tuesday.
Mayor Littlefield looking to close a $20 million gap, would save $750,00 shutting down Fire Hall 15, but the budget has been a long and daunting process that council has yet to make a final decision on.
The alternative options for the fire department are to move one firefighter form each station to the new the new station being built at Enterprise South, or move the 15 firefighters from Station 15 there.
What's not listed in the budget is hiring more staff and Chief Parker says as Volkswagen continues to grow, the Chattanooga's insurance rating will be penalized if they don't open that station.
Councilman Jack Benson is the chairman over the Public Safety Committee. He says due to the budget crunch, scaling back may be best.
With the proposed tax increase looming, Benson says he is willing to do what it takes.
The amended budget does not include any job cuts.
The Fire Chief says the firefighters at the Eastdale hall would keep their jobs.