Fire insurance rates in Mona should go down if the town buys the fire engine the town board is considering, according to the mayor.

Town board members gave approval to Mayor Greg Newton and Fire Chief Glenn Mellor to travel to Twin Falls, Idaho, to look over the proposed purchase.The 1968 American-LaFrance engine has 20,000 miles on its odometer. It has a 1,000-gallon tank and can pump 1,000 gallons a minute from a hydrant.

Newton said the price is right as well. Twin Falls will sell the engine for $34,700 including freight. The package also includes a training program for Mona's fire department.

"The town can buy the truck at 8.25 percent interest," said Newton. The yearly payment, for five years, will be $8,016, and the first payment can be deferred until July 1991.

The town board gave Newton and Mellor the option to act as they saw fit and approved gas expenditures for the trip.

"If for any reason, the truck isn't what we want," said Newton, "we won't buy it."

If Mona does buy the truck, said Newton, the Insurance Service Office will review the town's fire department. With the purchase and the improved water system, Mona fire insurance rates should be reduced.